Recent Presentations
Intergenerational Literacy Project
Department of Developmental Studies
School of Education
Boston University

The Intergenerational Literacy Project (ILP) was begun in 1989 to achieve three purposes:

  • To improve English literacy of parents
  • To support the literacy development and academic success of their children
  • To conduct research on the effectiveness of an intergenerational approach to literacy

To accomplish these goals, the ILP offers literacy instruction to parents of preschool and school-age children. No direct instruction is provided to children; rather, the project is based on the premise that as parents improve their own literacy, the skills and knowledge they gain will promote literacy learning among their children. In addition, as parents share reading and writing with their children, they will support their own literacy learning through practice and application.

Links to the Intergenerational Literacy Project:

Project Overview and Description

BU Experience: Feature (Includes videos)

Boston University School of Education Newsletter (Winter 2000)


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