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ERIC Number: ED451927
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Apr
Pages: 28
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Children's Early Literacy Environment in Chinese and American Indian Families.
Wang, Xiao-lei; Bernas, Ronan; Eberhard, Philippe
This study examined how Chinese and American Indian mothers support their young children's early literacy development in everyday interactions. Twenty mother-child dyads in each cultural community participated in the study. Analysis of videotaped interactions indicated that the mothers in the two communities differed greatly in the ways they supported their children in early literacy development. The Chinese mothers tended to privilege print-based literacy interactions more than the American Indian mothers. The American Indian mothers tended to privilege literacy interactions based on oral narratives of life and personal experiences. Moreover, the mothers in the two communities emphasized different aspects when supporting their children's early literacy development. The Chinese mothers tended to support their children in explicit, event-specific, and elaborative ways. In contrast, the American Indian mothers tended to support their children in implicit and contextual ways. (Contains 30 references.) (Author/EV)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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