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ERIC Number: ED371835
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
Pages: 23
Abstractor: N/A
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Family Literacy in Australia.
Spreadbury, Julie; Elkins, John
A 12-month longitudinal study was conducted in Brisbane, Australia, to investigate the interaction that takes place when a parent and young child read together. Parent-child book-reading episodes that took place in the home at the end of the preschool year of 25 randomly selected children and at the end of Year 1 at a State Primary School were analyzed and compared. In addition, the study incorporated assessments of the children's language and reading attainments and self-concept, interviews with parents and teachers, and observations of teachers' group story-reading behavior. Study findings included the following: (1) parents focused on story meaning, rather than on word meaning; (2) several parents discussed the text's illustrations; (3) children often modelled questions on those of the parent reading to them; (4) parents asked many inferential questions to which their children did not respond; (5) although parents had more utterances overall than the children, in highly interactive dyads, power was shared by parent and child, with the child contributing questions and comments; (6) the number of parent utterances and child comments decreased from preschool to Year 1; and (7) the amount and type of interaction between parent and child affected children's reading ability and self-concept. The findings have implications for parent programs as well as for the context in which literacy is taught in the schools and the target of community literacy programs. (AC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia