ERIC Number: ED317293
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Apr
A Survey of Literacy Programs among Preschools.
Robinson, Susan S.
The purpose of this study was to examine the way in which early childhood educators introduce reading and writing to 4- and 5-year-olds. A random sampling of the 903 public and private preschools registered with the Human Services Department in a midwestern state was conducted. Questionnaires were mailed to 687 randomly selected early childhood educators teaching 4- and 5-year-olds in preschool programs in the Midwest. A total of 296 teachers responded, for a return rate of 43 percent. Findings document that only a small percentage of preschool teachers in the Midwest have implemented activities, displays, or materials that create a literacy-oriented classroom. It is concluded that in order for early childhood education programs to become "print-rich," preschool teachers must be educated about preschoolers' knowledge of written language and the ways in which opportunities to construct and experiment with print enhance young children's literacy development. (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Iowa State Univ. of Science and Technology, Ames.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Boston, MA, April 16-20, 1990).