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Call for Papers: Journal of Family Strengths

Special Issue Editors: Kim Pinkerton & Amelia Hewitt (University of Houston-Downtown)

Editors-in-Chief:

E. Christopher Lloyd (University of Arkansas at Little Rock), Angelo Giardino (Texas Children's Health Plan), Robert Sanborn (CHILDREN AT RISK), William V. Flores (University of Houston-Downtown)

Multiple Dimensions of Literacy in Families and Communities

Literacy is defined as "the ability to read and write" or "knowledge that relates to a specified subject" (Literacy, 2015). In order to learn about all of these varied subjects, people must be well-versed in multiple dimensions of literacy. For example, most patients, regardless of education level, must know how to read documents, complete written forms, communicate important information about symptoms, listen to complex diagnoses, and navigate Internet forms and applications in order to receive adequate healthcare. Students must know how to traverse rigid, academic literacies in schools while simultaneously becoming savvy, critical consumers of the Internet in order to be successful in the dominant culture. Teachers must oppose attitudes toward "value added" educational models and strive to garner appreciation for all students' familial experiences with literacy in an effort to promote empathy for and understanding of all humankind. Hamel, Shaw, and Smith Taylor (2013) highlight the importance of the literacies of homes and communities as an impetus for the "development of self" (p. 428). The urgency for finding ways to utilize these multiple dimensions of literacy catalysts for creating a more compassionate world cannot be understated.

For this issue of the journal, we invite authors to share research about and/or practical applications for the impact of multiple dimensions of literacy in your field and community. Think about how a stance that focuses on multiple dimensions of literacy can better address the direct needs of those in the community and the overall human condition across the world. How do we value the culture of families and communities through literacy? What are some dimensions of literacy that are often overlooked or undervalued? How does literacy provide a powerful voice for the underserved? How do these various dimensions of literacy manifest themselves in regard to access to medical services, education, employment, etc.?

Hamel, E.C., Shaw, S., & Smith Taylor, T. (2013). Toward a new mindfulness: Explorations of home and community literacies. Language Arts, 90(6), pp. 428-440).

Literacy (2015). In Merriam-Webster's online dictionary. Retrieved from http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/literacy

Abstracts are due by June 1, 2015

Manuscripts are due by August 1, 2015

Prospective authors are encouraged to contact the Managing Editor at for more information.

Style Guide Information can be found @ http://digitalcommons.library.tmc.edu/jfs/styleguide.html

The Journal of Family Strengths (JFS), formerly Family Preservation Journal, is an open-access, peer-reviewed online journal produced by the CHILDREN AT RISK Institute in partnership with the Center for Public Service & Family Strengths at the University of Houston-Downtown and the Texas Medical Center Library. JFS is devoted to presenting theoretical, policy, practice, and evaluation articles on the strengths perspective in family-centered practice to improve services that promote and sustain family systems.