ERIC Number: ED450888
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Dec
The Value of Early Literacy and Parental Involvement.
Ryan, Sheri Ann
Because early literacy development occurs through social processes, parents need to be involved in the beginning stages of their children's reading. This thesis details the need for early literacy experiences and provides evidence that reading success begins at home. The thesis distinguishes illiteracy and aliteracy, defines literacy, discusses its importance for successful living, and argues that literacy as taught in school overemphasizes drill and practice at the expense of interesting and valuable literature. In addition, the thesis discusses the interrelationship of literacy skills, describes the components of reading success and the importance of positive reading attitudes, and discusses influences on reading success. The development of early literacy skills is examined, focusing on children's ability to learn, the importance of reading to infants, and linking interests with literacy. Parents' role in children's emerging literacy is highlighted, noting the importance of parental attitudes toward reading and the influence of parental modeling. Other topics discussed in this literature review include selection of age appropriate books, second language learners and literacy, media and technology, and a Christian perspective to early literacy. The thesis concludes by asserting that the home is the single most significant reading environment for children and that it is imperative that parents expose children to quality literature at an early age. Five appendices include descriptions of family literacy activities, handouts for parents, and lists of recommended books. Contains 32 references. (KB)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: M.A. Thesis, Biola University.