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ERIC Number: ED406117
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Pages: 10
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Early Literacy Activities: Experiences of Rural Families of Children with Disabilities.
Cohen, Libby G.; And Others
A study examined the early literacy experiences of rural disabled children, ages 3-8. Data originated from a subset of the National Household Education Survey of 1995 that included 1,316 families with disabled children and 8,009 families with nondisabled children. Participants were asked about their race/ethnicity, education level, native language, presence of children with disabilities in the household, child and family literacy activities, and children's grade level. Results indicate that of families with disabled children, 85 percent of those living in rural areas and 72 percent living outside urban areas were White, whereas, there was greater racial and ethnic diversity in urban areas; English was the native language for the vast majority of mothers in rural areas; the incidence of disabled children was higher among parents with less than a high school education; and Black children had a higher incidence of disabilities than did other racial and ethnic groups. With regard to early literacy, over half of the children, both with and without disabilities, were read to every day by a family member and three quarters of the children were read to on a regular basis each week (at least three or more times). However, rural families differed from urban families in several respects: a greater percentage of urban disabled children were not read to at all by a family member, but a greater percentage of rural disabled children did not read to a family member on a regular basis. During the primary grades, families who had disabled children were as involved with early literacy activities as families with nondisabled children. However, preschool children with disabilities engaged in early literacy activities with family members to a lesser extent than preschool children without disabilities. Includes demographic tables. (LP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Household Education Survey