ERIC Number: EJ1171333
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Fathers' and Mothers' Language Acculturation and Parenting Practices: Links to Mexican American Children's Academic Readiness
Baker, Claire E.
Journal of Early Childhood Research, v16 n1 p52-64 Mar 2018
This study used a family-centered ecological lens to examine predictive relations among fathers' and mothers' language acculturation, parenting practices, and academic readiness in a large sample of Mexican American children in preschool (N = 880). In line with prior early childhood research, parent language acculturation was operationalized as fathers' and mothers' English proficiency and primary language used in the home. Parenting was operationalized as fathers' and mothers' participation in home learning stimulation (e.g. shared book reading). Analyses showed that, after controlling for demographics, fathers' and mothers' primary language in the home predicted children's reading achievement and fathers' and mothers' English proficiency predicted children's math achievement. Furthermore, maternal home learning stimulation made a unique contribution to children's reading achievement after the influence of parent language acculturation was accounted for, underscoring the importance of home learning stimulation for strengthening Mexican American children's reading skills prior to school entry.
Descriptors: Mothers, Fathers, Acculturation, Parenting Styles, Mexican Americans, Preschool Children, Family Environment, Story Reading, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Language Proficiency, Parent Child Relationship, Language Usage, School Readiness, Reading Achievement, Mathematics Achievement, Prediction, Surveys, Longitudinal Studies, Children, Regression (Statistics), Statistical Analysis
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Early Childhood Longitudinal Survey
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