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ERIC Number: EJ968404
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jun
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
ISSN: ISSN-1468-7984
Family Literacy Practices and Home Literacy Resources: An Australian Pilot Study
Grieshaber, Susan; Shield, Paul; Luke, Allan; Macdonald, Shelly
Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, v12 n2 p113-138 Jun 2012
The combined impact of social class, cultural background and experience upon early literacy achievement in the first year of schooling is among the most durable questions in educational research. Links have been established between social class and achievement but literacy involves complex social and cognitive practices that are not necessarily reflected in the connections that have been made. The complexity of relationships between social class, cultural background and experience, and their impact on early literacy achievement have received little research attention. Recent refinements of the broad terms of social class or socioeconomic status have questioned the established links between social class and achievement. Nevertheless, it remains difficult to move beyond deficit and mismatch models of explaining and understanding the underperformance of children from lower socioeconomic and cultural minority groups when conventional measures are used. The data from an Australian pilot study reported here add to the increasing evidence that income is not necessarily related directly to home literacy resources or to how those resources are used. Further, the data show that the level of print resources in the home may not be a good indicator of the level of use of those resources. (Contains 13 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia