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ERIC Number: ED545893
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 160
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: 978-1-2675-6253-1
Interactive Reading Experiences of African American Fathers and Social Fathers and Their 4- and 5-Year-Old Children
Jackson, Clarissa R.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Kansas
The purpose of this mixed-methods study was to investigate the patterns of book choice and interaction during book reading sessions of six African American fathers and social fathers and their 4- to 5-year-old children. The fathers/social fathers selected and read aloud expository text, narrative text, and poetry to their children while videotaping the sessions. Data on book choice and interactions was collected from the 18 videotaped observations and pre-and post-study semi-structured interviews. Transcriptions of a subset of videotaped observations were coded for genre and interactions. Frequency counts of genre selection and interaction codes were converted into percentages and examined first by individual father then across the six fathers. Qualitative data obtained from the interviews was an additional source of data. Findings indicated that while each father-child dyad was unique in selection and interaction pattern, when data was collapsed across fathers/social fathers, they read narrative text more often than expository text or poetry. Interview data revealed that choices were often dependent on child interests and/or the father's goals for the child. In terms of interactions, when examining the data across all fathers and genres, the three categories with the largest percentages of interactions were "Label or Comment About Text or Illustration"; "Question About Illustration"; and "Acknowledge Child." Closer examination of interactions indicated potential affects by genre and the individual goals of a father. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Language: English
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