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ERIC Number: EJ979784
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 21
ISSN: ISSN-0256-8543
Young Learners: The Home Literacy Environments of Australian Four-Year-Olds
Brown, P. Margaret; Byrnes, Linda J.; Raban, Bridie; Watson, Linda
Journal of Research in Childhood Education, v26 n4 p450-460 2012
This study investigated the home literacy environments (HLEs) of 4-year-old children attending an early childhood program prior to school entry and the association between the HLE and children's interests in and attitudes to literacy. One hundred and thirty-eight parents and 140 children participated in the study. Parents completed a questionnaire and children were interviewed. Results showed that, generally, these parents created "somewhat rich" literacy environments, and that traditional literacy (as opposed to techno-literacy) materials predominated. Frequency of the parents' own reading was positively associated with the frequency with which parents read to their children. Richness of parents' reading habits was positively associated with the frequency with which parents read to their children, but not necessarily associated with the children's own interests in or orientation to literacy. (Contains 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia