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ERIC Number: ED314717
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Pages: 22
Abstractor: N/A
Parents' Perceptions of Children's Reading and Writing Development in a Whole Language Kindergarten Program.
Bruneau, Beverly J.; And Others
A study was conducted to determine parents' perceptions of a kindergarten program in the face of change toward a holistic language/literacy curriculum. The participants were the parents of 25 children enrolled in an all day kindergarten class of a university-based child development center. Nine of the parents (all mothers) volunteered to be interviewed individually about parental perceptions of their child's reading and writing development. One theme which was strongly supported was how seriously this group of parents viewed their role in helping their child learn to read and write. One reason for the high degree of acceptance of this approach is that it validates and extends the type of literacy activity that had been occurring in the home. The parents who expressed satisfaction with the whole language kindergarten seemed to feel that the emphasis on informal social interactions and development of positive feelings in children about themselves as readers led their children to reading. Some parents voiced strong concern about helping children with writing through invented spelling and expressed concern about what would happen to their children in first grade. Findings underscore the importance of parents and teachers working together. (The interview protocol is attached.) (MG)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A