The mobile family literacy project (STEP 2015) sought to understand how family literacy initiatives might benefit mobile communities in Scotland by working with Gypsy/Traveller and Roma European groups to (i) identify factors which influence participation in educational programmes, and (ii) co-produce pilot literacy programmes with families. The research used participatory methods, creative consultation approaches, and collaborative design with families and stakeholders. Findings from the research formed the basis of recommendations to Scottish Government, and practitioners, for delivering effective educational initiatives that are engaging and culturally relevant for mobile communities.
Findings and research outcomes
1. Community voice: Working directly with families, STEP was able to increase knowledge and understanding about: (i) the barriers to engagement and participation experienced by specific mobile communities such as language and literacy levels, and (ii) family motivations for engagement, learning and increasing participation.
2. A ‘Framework for Effective Programme Delivery’ a framework was developed in partnership with parents to be used as a template for practitioners designing and implementing future literacy programmes for mobile communities.
3. Strengthening partnerships: The programmes acted as a catalyst for positive relationship building between practitioners and parents, and between families and wider community.