ERIC Number: ED440549
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Apr
Sibling Support for Bilingual Kindergartners' Developing Literacy.
Volk, Dinah; de Acosta, Martha
This article examines the literacy events of two Puerto Rican kindergartners and their interactions with siblings and cousins of similar age. This work is part of a broader study that analyzes and describes literacy events in bilingual classrooms, homes, and churches of Spanish-dominant Puerto Rican beginning readers. Using a qualitative approach, the study examined the children's interactions with print and with other people (teachers, pastors, parents, peers, siblings, extended family members). These events are analyzed for similarities and differences in the three settings. The main questions guiding this research are the following: Who are the teachers in the children's homes, churches, and classrooms? What do they believe about literacy and their role in the process? What literacy events do children participate in and what are the literacy practices of these events? What strategies for teaching and learning are co-constructed by the children and their teachers? In this study the strategies used by the children are compared with those of the teacher in the children's bilingual kindergarten. (KFT)
Descriptors: Bilingual Education Programs, Churches, Clergy, Comparative Analysis, Educational Environment, English (Second Language), Family Environment, Hispanic American Students, Interaction, Kindergarten, Kindergarten Children, Limited English Speaking, Literacy, Primary Education, Puerto Ricans, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Siblings, Sociocultural Patterns, Socioeconomic Influences, Spanish, Spanish Speaking
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 24-28, 2000).