ERIC Number: ED369550
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
LAP Reading Program: Every Child a Reader. UKERA Occasional Papers #0006.
Bridge, Connie A.; Carney, J. Paige
This paper examines the development, implementation, and evaluation of the LAP Reading Program. The program sought to provide low-income, inner-city kindergarten children with "lap reading" experiences (having adults read aloud to them) to increase their interest in and knowledge of books and reading. The 10-week program initially contained 25 children and 25 university students, who served as "lap tutors." The program also encouraged parents to read to their children at home. The LAP Reading Program succeeded in improving the children's scores on literacy tests and increasing levels of parent involvement in their child's reading. At the conclusion of the program, the university student tutors were surveyed on their perceptions of and feelings about the program. Survey results revealed that the tutors learned about ways to share books with children and about the various racial and ethnic backgrounds of the children involved. Six appendixes contain parent correspondence on the LAP Reading Program, tutor training materials, sample picture book stories read to the children, tutor observation forms, and parent surveys. (MDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Appalachia Educational Lab., Charleston, WV.
Authoring Institution: Kentucky Univ., Lexington. Inst. on Education Reform.