ERIC Number: EJ697752
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
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Early Language and the Development of Children's Reading Skills
Poe, Michele D.; Burchinal, Margaret R.; Roberts, Joanne E.
Journal of School Psychology, v42 n4 p315-332 Jul-Aug 2004
There is considerable agreement that vocabulary plays a central role in reading acquisition, but there is less agreement about whether this association is direct or indirect through phonological and print-related knowledge. Longitudinal data from 77 African-American children were analyzed to examine the relationship between language skills, phonological knowledge and print processing skills at pre-kindergarten and kindergarten with reading at pre-kindergarten through second grade. Analyses indicated that home and child care experiences were related to reading indirectly through language and that language and phonological knowledge were both directly related to acquisition of reading skill. This study of African-American children and previous studies of lower- and middle-income children indicate both language and phonological skills play an important role in children becoming successful readers, and that experiences at home and in child care during in early childhood play a role in the acquisition of reading through their enhancement of early language and phonological skills.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles
Education Level: Preschool Education
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