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ERIC Number: ED258696
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984
Pages: 26
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An Exploration of Environmental Correlates of Early Childhood Literacy.
Lujan, Mary Estelle; Wooden, Sharon Lee
This article describes integrated reading, writing, and language behaviors characteristic of 18-month-old children. Two children, a boy and a girl, were given books to examine and the researcher simply observed their behavior. Books were selected from the children's own collections. The writing tasks were handled the same way. Paper and markers were provided and behavior noted. In addition, the boy was administered a print awareness test. Behaviors observed included playful learning; self-initiated, controlled, and terminated activity; exploratory and discovery behaviors; responses and behaviors that are multi-sensory in nature; and specific behaviors associated with reading and writing activities. Concerning reading, it was found that (1) parents respond positively to the child's reading and writing attempts; (2) the language arts are integrated even at this early age; (3) the child's reading and writing behaviors are context-dependent; (4) the child's early attempts are approximations which are continually refined; (5) reading and writing concepts are defined in active behaviors, such as pointing, touching, looking, glancing, etc.; and (6) family literacy events stimulate the child's interest in reading and writing. Implications for researchers studying the literacy competencies of toddlers are indicated. (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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