ERIC Number: EJ780668
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Oct
Reference Count: 75
Context Matters: The Interrelatedness of Early Literacy Skills, Developmental Health, and Community Demographics
Lesaux, Nonie K.; Vukovic, Rose K.; Hertzman, Clyde; Siegel, Linda S.
Early Education and Development, v18 n3 p497-518 Oct 2007
Whereas the great majority of literacy research has been focused at the child level, this study examined the relationship between early literacy rates, developmental health of the population, and demographics in 23 school communities. The results showed that school-level literacy scores were related to the physical, social, and emotional maturity of the kindergarten population, as well as community demographics, including the proportion of families in each school catchment area living below the low income cutoff, the proportion of single-parent families, and the community 5-year mobility rate. Furthermore, the proportion of children at risk for literacy difficulties varied systematically by school, ranging from 0% to 44%; this risk was strongly related to developmental health and to demographics of the school community. The implications for models of early identification and corresponding intervention programs for at-risk children are discussed. (Contains 2 tables and 1 figure.) [Funding was also provided by the Michael Smith Foundation.]
Descriptors: Intervention, Emergent Literacy, Developmental Psychology, Community Surveys, School Surveys, Correlation, Foreign Countries, Kindergarten, Young Children, School Demography, At Risk Persons, Context Effect
Lawrence Erlbaum. Available from: Taylor & Francis, Ltd. 325 Chestnut Street Suite 800, Philadelphia, PA 19106. Tel: 800-354-1420; Fax: 215-625-2940; Web site: http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/default.html
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Sponsor: Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, Ottawa (Ontario).; British Columbia Ministry of Children and Family Development, Victoria.; Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Ottawa (Ontario).
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada