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ERIC Number: ED288610
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Pages: 11
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Reference Count: 0
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The Language of Parents: Influencing Indicators of Expectations for Children's Literacy.
Searcy, Bill; Hoffman, Stevie
Observational records presented in this report demonstrate the powerful influence that adults have on the developing literacy of young children. The report reveals the role that language plays in contextually providing adults' expectations for the extent of children's participation in written language events. Observations of 4-year-old fraternal twin sisters interacting in literacy events with their mother and father revealed that the oral language of both parents functioned for similar purposes, suggesting that both parents held similar expectations for each child's written language effort. These observations were consistent with previous findings. While possibly similar for each individual child, parents' expectations differed from child to child. Thus, parents focused on meaning in interactions with one of the twins, and on letter formation and placement with the other. It was seen as important that both girls responded as expected. It is concluded that oral language transactions between adults and children during written language activities have tremendous impact on the way children learn to make meaning through writing. It is important that parents and teachers recognize the influences their teaching language has on children's early writing efforts. (RH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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