ERIC Number: ED381750
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Nov-5
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Home Literacy Environment and Young Children's Literacy Knowledge and Behavior.
In a 5-year longitudinal study, the home literacy environments of 60 preschool children in Canada were assessed. Over the preschool and early school experiences of these children, they were administered various measures of meta-literate awareness and later, standarized reading measures, to determine the nature of the home environment's influence on emerging literacy knowledge and reading ability. It is widely believed that school success is related to the environment provided in the home and that home also has an impact on preschool youngsters' development of emerging concepts of literacy and language. The present study did find support for this belief. However, at first glance this support appears far from robust. It is of interest, however, that home literacy environment became more of a factor when combined with age. Higher home literacy 4-year-olds tended to display more literacy knowledge than did lower home literacy environment age mates; this was not generally the case for 3-year-olds. (Contains 26 references.) (Author/TB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Reading Behavior
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the College Reading Association (38th, New Orleans, LA, November 3-5, 1994).