The Presence of Text and Family Scholarly Culture: Ramifications for Low-Income and English Language Learning Students and School Librarians
Branch, Allison N.
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Students from low-income homes and students who speak a language other than English encounter literacy struggles that can affect their learning during the K-12 years. These struggles may be linked to two factors: the absence of family scholarly culture (FSC) at home, which involves meaningful discussion and activity related to text, and the absence of text for students to read. What follows is a discussion of research concerning the effects that the absence and presence of FSC and text have on the learning gains of students from low-income and English language learning backgrounds, as well as a discussion of how school librarians can promote the development of FSC and increase students’ access to text.