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ERIC Number: EJ1034542
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 24
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ISSN: ISSN-1522-7227
Mother-Child Book-Sharing and Children's Storytelling Skills in Ethnically Diverse, Low-Income Families
Luo, Rufan; Tamis-LeMonda, Catherine S.; Kuchirko, Yana; Ng, Florrie F.; Liang, Eva
Infant and Child Development, v23 n4 p402-425 Jul-Aug 2014
The present study examined book-sharing interactions between mothers and their 4-year-old children from African American (n?=?62), Dominican (n?=?67), Mexican (n?=?59) and Chinese (n?=?82) low-income U.S. families, and children's independent storytelling skills one year later. Mothers' book-sharing style was analysed in terms of "how much" storyline information they provided (story components), the extent to which they asked children about the story (dialogic emphasis) and "which features" of the story they highlighted (story content). African American mothers referred to more story components than did Dominican mothers, and Mexican mothers surpassed Dominican and Chinese mothers. Mothers of all groups were low in dialogic emphasis; they predominantly narrated rather than asked about the story, although Mexican mothers asked relatively more questions than did African American and Dominican mothers. In terms of content, compared with other groups, African American mothers were most likely to emphasize "individual goals", and Chinese mothers were most likely to emphasize "negative consequences". Latino mothers were more likely to emphasize "emotions" than were Chinese mothers. Children's storytelling styles partially mirrored those seen in their mothers. Mothers' dialogic emphasis related to children's contributions to book-sharing, which in turn predicted children's later independent storytelling skills.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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