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ERIC Number: ED264023
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Nov-16
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Who's Reading to the Children?
Prater, Norma Jean; And Others
A nationwide survey was conducted among families with children enrolled in Kinder-Care Learning Centers (KCLC) to determine parental practices of reading aloud to preschool children. A total of 50 KCLCs was selected in such a way that the geographic distribution by four U.S. regions was representative of the 900 KCLC-Randomly selected centers were located in 25 states, with the number of centers per state ranging from 1 to 5. Working parents with 3-, 4-, and 5-year-old children in these centers comprised the sample population. Survey forms designed to collect demographic data and information about read-aloud practices were distributed to the sample population. Questions focused on demographic data, frequency and length of read-aloud sessions, sources of books, the person who usually read to the child, verbal interaction during read-aloud sessions, favorite books, read-aloud time and read-aloud place, and whether or not the child was familiar with selected well-known characters from children's literature. Findings indicate that although the working parents had limited time to spend with their children, 83.4 percent reported that they read aloud several times a week or more, and 89 percent spent at least 15 minutes per read-aloud session. Findings also provide information about the variety and quality of literature being shared with children. (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (New Orleans, LA, November 14-17, 1985).