ERIC Number: EJ721215
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Oct
Reference Count: 36
Curricular and Instructional Influences on Early Literacy Attainment: Evidence from Beijing, Hong Kong and Singapore
Li, Hui; Rao, Nirmala
International Journal of Early Years Education, v13 n3 p235-253 Oct 2005
This study considered curricular and instructional influences on early Chinese literacy attainment in Beijing, Hong Kong and Singapore. The participants included 198 pre-school children, their teachers and parents. Children were administered the Pre-school and Primary Chinese Literacy Scale at the age of either two or three years, and again one year later. Teachers were asked to report on their beliefs and practices related to literacy education, and classroom observations were conducted to determine the extent to which directives issued by the Beijing, Hong Kong and Singapore governments were implemented. Investigation showed that there were marked differences across the societies in curriculum guidelines and approaches to literacy teaching. Results indicated that by the age of four, pre-schoolers in Hong Kong and Singapore had significantly better Chinese literacy attainment than those in Beijing. Although age was the best predictor of attainment, location, teachers' qualifications and classroom experience also significantly contributed to children's literacy attainment.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Literacy Education, Guidelines, Preschool Children, Emergent Literacy, Teacher Attitudes, Teaching Methods, Age Differences, Cultural Differences, Chinese, Teacher Qualifications, Teaching Experience, Academic Standards, Curriculum
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Preschool Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: China (Beijing); Hong Kong; Singapore