ERIC Number: ED230358
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Dec-5
Reference Count: 0
Chicano Children's Literacy Learning at Home.
Duran, Richard P.; Guerra, Elsa
Drawing on Roger Schank's and Robert Abelson's theory of scripts as a way of viewing learning as behavior at four hierarchical levels, the study examined the literacy learning behavior of two Chicano sisters (one in the second grade and the other in kindergarten) reading orally from storybooks in a home setting. The English story books received in the mail were among the first introductions of English literacy materials into the home by children. As the elder child read to her sister, mother, and an observer, she emulated a teacher's reading to children at school. Her enactment was marked by paralinguistic cues and vignette behavior appropriate to the teacher role. When she encountered words she could not pronounce, she would pause, step out of the teacher script, and ask the observer for help in pronouncing the words, thus enacting the theme of being a child at home in a family setting. During the reading episode, the little sister spontaneously began to copy and emulate her sister. Although important instances of learning were spotted, it was not concluded that such circumstances had a long term learning impact. The children had increasing problems at school. The self themes they developed did not manifest goals and plans that emphasized literacy. (NQA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Chicanas; Schank (Roger); Scripts (Knowledge Structures)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association (Washington, DC, December 5, 1982).