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While ‘family literacy’ is a relatively recent approach to promoting literacy and a culture of learning, particularly in disadvantaged families; the term ‘family literacy’ was first used by the US educator Denny Taylor in 1983 to describe literacy learning activities involving both children and their parents. Yet family literacy is in fact based on the most ancient of educational traditions: intergenerational learning. Intergenerational learning practices are rooted in all cultures, and educational programmes with literacy components involving families are found in all world regions, although these are not always referred to as ‘family literacy’. Family literacy and learning presents adults and children with an opportunity to become independent, proactive lifelong learners ...