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ERIC Number: EJ959051
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Apr
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1082-3301
24 Hours in the Children's Section: An Observational Study at the Public Library
Becker, Katherine
Early Childhood Education Journal, v40 n2 p107-114 Apr 2012
The purpose of this study was to explore patronage and usage of the children's section of a public library. Patrons of the children's section of a public library in a small Northern Arizona city were observed for a total of 24 h over 12 sessions. Analytic induction was used to formulate categories based on field notes made during these observations. An observation of a story time session was also conducted. Data from an interview with a librarian was triangulated with observational data. In terms of patronage, the clear majority of parents/adult caregivers accompanying a child or children to the children's section were observed to be female and speaking English. In terms of usage, the following three categories of early learning were identified from the data: early literacy learning; learning how to use a library; and other developmentally appropriate learning. Study results offer insight into both the role of females in the intergenerational transmission of literacy and the rich learning young children experience at the library. At a time of library cutbacks and closures across the United States, this study speaks to the continued relevance of the children' section of the public library in providing free early learning experiences during the pivotal birth to five age range.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Arizona