ERIC Number: EJ1132226
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
Development of the Language Proficiency of Five- to Seven-Year-Olds in Rural Areas
Poolman, B. G.; Leseman, P. P. M.; Doornenbal, J. M.; Minnaert, A. E. M. G.
Early Child Development and Care, v187 n3-4 p756-777 2017
Rural children are a largely understudied population in language and literacy research, despite the fact that these children often enter school with delays in their language development. Since most rural areas suffered from so-called selective rural outmigration, many parents in rural areas are lower or middle educated. The home literacy climate, however, depends not only on the educational level of parents, but also on their lifestyle. In this study, we examined whether parental educational level and literacy use--as a feature of parental lifestyle--predict the language skills of children in Grade 1 in Northeast Netherlands. Structural equation modelling analyses revealed that the effect of parental literacy use on code-related skills is only significant in K-1 and K-2. In Grade 1, however, literacy use had a modest effect on oral language skills. The findings stress the importance of parents' literacy use for informational purposes.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Elementary School Students, Grade 1, Primary Education, Young Children, Language Proficiency, Rural Areas, Parent Background, Life Style, Predictor Variables, Language Skills, Structural Equation Models, Literacy, Coding, Oral Language, Educationally Disadvantaged, Language Acquisition, Socioeconomic Influences, Cultural Influences, Questionnaires, Cognitive Ability, Correlation, Intelligence Tests, Verbal Ability, Vocabulary, Cognitive Development
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 1; Primary Education; Early Childhood Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Netherlands
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test; Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence