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ERIC Number: EJ1084858
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1524-5039
College Students' Beliefs about Preschooler's Literacy Development: Results from a National Study of Jumpstart
Adler, Martha A.; Trepanier­-Street, Mary
Early Childhood Research & Practice, v9 n2 Fall 2007
Although research indicates that early childhood literacy programs can be effective for preschoolers, little is known about the effects of programs on college student mentors. This study explored the beliefs of college students about literacy development in preschool children and whether these beliefs change after their involvement in a yearlong, intensive mentoring program intended to facilitate at-risk preschoolers' literacy development. Survey data from a large-­scale national service program and a smaller local Jumpstart program were analyzed. Surveys from the national program investigated college students' beliefs about developmentally appropriate literacy practices. Sample surveys further investigated the nature of the students' beliefs, i.e., constructivist based versus skill based. Results indicate that a yearlong mentoring program positively impacted college students' beliefs and understanding about developmentally appropriate literacy practices.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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