ERIC Number: EJ1162722
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
The Information Book Flood: Is Additional Exposure Enough to Support Early Literacy Development?
Neuman, Susan B.
Elementary School Journal, v118 n1 p1-27 Sep 2017
The purpose of this quasi-experimental study was to examine the influence of a book distribution program targeted at enhancing children's exposure to information books. The research examined whether a flood of information books in early childhood settings, placing libraries in a central role, could affect growth in language, content-related vocabulary, and concepts of comprehending information text. Fifteen childcare centers in a high-poverty urban area participated in the project (N = 501): 5 centers with libraries that were infused with information books and a monthly distribution program, 5 centers with libraries but no additional supports, and 5 "business as usual" centers. Multilevel modeling and analyses of covariance indicated that although the centers might have benefited from greater access to these resources, there were no significant effects on children's outcomes. Findings suggest that both the theoretical and practical applications of book distribution programs need to be reevaluated if we are to improve child outcomes.
Descriptors: Quasiexperimental Design, Books, Early Childhood Education, Library Role, Language Acquisition, Vocabulary Development, Reading Comprehension, Child Care Centers, Urban Areas, Poverty, Statistical Analysis, Program Effectiveness, Educational Resources, Nonfiction
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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