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ERIC Number: EJ796350
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-May
Pages: 20
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 62
ISSN: ISSN-0022-0663
Preschool Home Literacy Practices and Children's Literacy Development: A Longitudinal Analysis
Hood, Michelle; Conlon, Elizabeth; Andrews, Glenda
Journal of Educational Psychology, v100 n2 p252-271 May 2008
In this 3-year longitudinal study, the authors tested and extended M. Senechal and J. Le Fevre's (2002) model of the relationships between preschool home literacy practices and children's literacy and language development. Parent-child reading (Home Literacy Environment Questionnaire plus a children's Title Recognition Test) and parental teaching of letters, words, and name writing were assessed 6 months prior to children's school entry. The 143 children (55% male participants; mean age = 5.36 years, SD = 0.29) attended Gold Coast, Australia government preschools. Parent-child reading and literacy teaching were only weakly correlated (r = 0.18) and were related to different outcomes consistent with the original model. Age, gender, memory, and nonverbal ability were controlled. Parental teaching was independently related to R. W. Woodcock's (1997) preschool Letter-Word Identification scores (R[superscript 2][subscript change] = 4.58%, p = 0.008). This relationship then mediated the relationships between parental teaching and Grades 1 and 2 letter-word identification, single-word reading and spelling rates, and phonological awareness (rhyme detection and phonological deletion). Parent-child reading was independently related to Grade 1 vocabulary (R[superscript 2][subscript change] = 5.6%, p = 0.005). Thus, both home practices are relevant but to different aspects of literacy and language development. (Contains 6 tables, 2 figures and 2 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 1; Grade 2; Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia