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ERIC Number: EJ820562
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0885-2006
Head Start Teachers' Beliefs about Language and Literacy Instruction
Hindman, Annemarie H.; Wasik, Barbara A.
Early Childhood Research Quarterly, v23 n4 p479-492 2008
This study investigated the nature of Head Start teachers' beliefs about early literacy and the teacher background factors that relate to these beliefs. Twenty-eight Head Start teachers were given the Preschool Teacher Literacy Beliefs Questionnaire (TBQ) and a background questionnaire. Reliable belief subscales reflecting code, oral language, book reading, and writing aspects of early literacy, as well as a reliable total literacy beliefs score, emerged from the TBQ. In general, teachers agreed with research-based practices related to oral language and book reading, but more variability was apparent around code-related and writing beliefs. Teacher experience was positively linked to agreement with evidence-based beliefs about oral language. The multidimensional nature of these beliefs, possible reasons for the absence of strong relations to background factors, and directions for future research on preschool teachers' beliefs are discussed. (Contains 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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