ERIC Number: EJ1097862
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Girls, Boys and Early Reading: Parents' Gendered Views about Literacy and Children's Attitudes towards Reading
Ozturk, Gulsah; Hill, Susan; Yates, Gregory C. R.
Early Child Development and Care, v186 n5 p703-715 2016
This study investigated the relationship between children's attitudes towards reading and their parents' gendered views about literacy (GVL). It was assumed that parents may have GVL by favouring girls in reading activities, which could limit boys' enjoyment in reading activities. This study was conducted with 31 five-year-old children in first term at a school in South Australia. To measure children's enjoyment in reading-related activities, each child completed an individually administered Literacy Attitude Scale (LAS). Parents completed a questionnaire about their views on girls' and boys' early literacy and their book preferences. It was found that the parents' GVL were significantly and negatively related to children's attitudes towards reading. Importantly, both male and female children of parents, with highly GVL, exhibited lower attitudes towards reading. Overall, girls reported significantly more positive attitudes towards reading than boys. A weak but notable correlation was found between parents' perceptions about their children's attitudes towards reading and their children's self-reported reading attitudes.
Descriptors: Reading Attitudes, Gender Differences, Parent Attitudes, Gender Bias, Foreign Countries, Young Children, Questionnaires, Attitude Measures, Emergent Literacy, Childrens Literature, Correlation, Negative Attitudes, Positive Attitudes, Early Childhood Education, Statistical Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
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