ERIC Number: ED452513
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Apr-17
Preschool Teachers' Self-Reported Beliefs and Practices about Literacy Instruction. CIERA Report.
Burgess, Kathleen A.; Lundgren, Kristin A.; Lloyd, John Wills; Pianta, Robert C.
This study examines 240 preschool teachers' self-reported literacy beliefs and practices. Participants taught three- and four-year-olds in publicly funded preschools that are part of the Virginia Preschool Initiative program. Teachers completed a Preschool Literacy Practices Checklist that asked about their beliefs and practices regarding literacy, as well as teacher and classroom characteristics. The work experience and education of the individuals surveyed were comparable to those of national samples of elementary school teachers. The majority of teachers included literacy instruction in their daily plans, endorsed literacy acquisition as a goal of their teaching, and used many approaches to promote early literacy. Their beliefs about the importance of 16 literacy-related skills were organized around three factors: alphabet knowledge, word and story knowledge, and verbal language. Teachers varied most widely in their beliefs about the importance of alphabet knowledge for development of four-year-olds' literacy. Teachers whose preparation included greater coursework in reading endorsed beliefs and used practices more closely associated with promoting verbal language skills and analytic phonics. These results have implications for theories of literacy development and the role of public preschools in promoting literacy. (Contains 40 references, 6 tables of data, and the survey instrument.) (Author/RS)
Descriptors: Beginning Reading, Language Arts, Literacy, Preschool Education, Preschool Teachers, Reading Attitudes, Reading Instruction, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Behavior, Writing Attitudes
CIERA/University of Michigan, 610 E. University Ave., 1600 SEB, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1259. Web site: http://www.ciera.org.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Center for the Improvement of Early Reading Achievement, Ann Arbor, MI.
Note: Parts of this study were presented at the 1998 meeting of the National Reading Conference in Austin, TX.