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ERIC Number: ED447412
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Jun-15
Pages: 35
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Assessing Adult/Child Storybook Reading Practices. CIERA Report.
DeBruin-Parecki, Andrea
This paper reviews the existing research on joint storybook reading practices, outlining the behaviors essential for success. It then describes and reports on the efficacy of an assessment instrument, the Adult/Child Interactive Reading Inventory (ACIRI). The ACIRI is an observational tool for assessing the joint reading behaviors of both adults and children which is intended to encourage good instruction and authentic, friendly assessment. It also helps teachers working with parents and children determine where to focus their instructional efforts. The ACIRI evaluates 12 literacy behaviors in three categories: (1) enhancing attention to text; (2) promoting interactive reading/supporting comprehension; and (3) using literacy strategies. This instrument was piloted within Even Start, a federal project providing support and educational services to high-risk families with young children. The Even Start teachers collected data on 29 mothers and their children. These teachers routinely observed joint reading in the mothers' homes, evaluating them with the ACIRI in September and again in May. Results indicated that adults and children improved over time in all categories. The more comfortable adults were reading with their children, the higher the ACIRI scores were. Contains 50 references and 5 tables of data; the ACIRI is attached. (Author/RS)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Center for the Improvement of Early Reading Achievement, Ann Arbor.