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ERIC Number: EJ787363
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jan
Pages: 26
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 58
ISSN: ISSN-1040-9289
Shared Book Reading: Parental Goals across the Primary Grades and Goal-Behavior Relationships in Junior Kindergarten
Audet, Diana; Evans, Mary Ann; Williamson, Karen; Reynolds, Kailey
Early Education and Development, v19 n1 p112-137 Jan 2008
Two studies are reported. The first investigated goals for reading with their children held by 294 parents in a cross-sectional sample from junior kindergarten through Grade 3, how these goals are related to parent beliefs about the development of literacy skills, and how these goals may differ across the primary years. The second examined how goals relate to parent behavior. From a different sample of 119 parents completing the same goal survey and observed in shared book reading, a subsample of 42 parents with contrasting goals was selected for analysis. Findings indicated 5 distinct parent goals for shared book reading--Stimulate Development, Foster Reading, Bond With Child, Soothe Child, and Enjoy Books--with the goals of enjoying books and bonding with the child rated the highest and equally highly at each grade. These were followed by fostering reading, stimulating their child's development, and lastly soothing their child. The goal of fostering reading was more highly rated by parents of Grade 1 children than by parents of children in any other grade. Only a modest relationship between goals and beliefs was found. Finally, parents who rated fostering reading high as a goal engaged in more print-referencing behaviors and echoed more reading than did parents with contrasting goal profiles. (Contains 3 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Primary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A