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ERIC Number: EJ1036175
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Sep
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 57
ISSN: ISSN-0045-6713
"I Never Knew There Were so Many Books about Us": Parents and Children Reading and Responding to African American Children's Literature Together
McNair, Jonda C.
Children's Literature in Education, v44 n3 p191-207 Sep 2013
The purpose of this study was to examine how the social practices of African American families--with children in grades K-2--changed as a result of participating in a family literacy program utilizing African American children's literature. The families were exposed, through a series of workshops, to an abundance of children's literature written by and about African Americans. Data sources included pre and post interviews conducted with parents, parental reading logs, and a reflective journal kept by the researcher. Findings suggested that parents increased the amount of time reading aloud to their children, passed along the information that they learned about African American children's literature to family, friends, and co-workers, and began seeking out and developing an appreciation for quality African American children's literature. This study was unique in that it involved collaboration between a public university, a local church, an African American sorority, and an innovative teacher recruitment initiative designed to increase the number of Black, male elementary school teachers.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Kindergarten; Primary Education; Early Childhood Education; Grade 1; Elementary Education; Grade 2; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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