ERIC Number: EJ697886
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Publication Date: 2004
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Joint Storybook Reading and Joint Writing Interventions among Low Ses Preschoolers: Differential Contributions to Early Literacy
Aram, D.; Biron, S.
Early Childhood Research Quarterly, v19 n4 p588-610 2004
This study compared two interventions: one focusing on language and storybook reading and the other on alphabetic skills and writing. Seventy-one preschoolers aged 3-5 from a low SES township in central Israel (35 in the reading program and 36 in the writing program) participated in evaluation of the interventions. Twenty-four untreated preschoolers served as a control group. The children were tested twice, at the beginning and at the end of the school year, in: phonological awareness, word writing, letter knowledge, orthographic awareness, listening comprehension, receptive vocabulary, and general knowledge. Both programs involved games and creative activities. The writing program encouraged letter knowledge, phonological awareness, and functional writing activities. The reading program utilized 11 children's books for focusing on language and exploring major concepts raised by these books. Results indicated that children in the two literacy programs progressed significantly more than the control group on phonological awareness and orthographic awareness. However, the joint writing group significantly outperformed both the joint reading group and the control group on phonological awareness, word writing, orthographic awareness, and letter knowledge. We also found that children as young as 3-4 years gained from literacy programs as much as did older children, aged 4-5, on all the measures assessed in our program.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Older Adults, Phonological Awareness, Creative Activities, Reading Programs, Reading, Reading Skills, Listening Comprehension, Emergent Literacy, Control Groups
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Identifiers - Location: Israel; United Kingdom (Reading)