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Kuchirko, Yana – Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 2019
The word gap, or the language gap, can be traced back to Hart and Risley's 1995 seminal work on language practices in high- and low-income families, and it is one of the most widely cited explanations for why children from low-income, minority contexts underperform academically in contrast to their white, middle-income counterparts. Despite its…
Descriptors: Criticism, Vocabulary Development, Family Income, Minority Group Students
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Rusu, Corina; Wallace, Richard 'Dickie'; Coman, Madalina; Costea, Veronica; Sidor, Alexandra; Pop, Claudia; Navsaria, Dipesh – Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 2019
Pre-reading and early childhood literacy skills are important for brain development and fundamental to a child's long-term cognitive and social well-being. As such, the fostering of these skills is an important preventive health measure. Family physicians can play key roles in encouraging parents to routinely read with their children. However, in…
Descriptors: Prereading Experience, Physicians, Literacy Education, Preschool Children
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Swain, Jon Michael; Cara, Olga – Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 2019
This paper presents findings from a study of family literacy provision in England and focuses on the effects of family literacy programmes on the home literacy environment. The fieldwork took place between September 2013 and December 2014 and involved 27 school-based programmes for pupils aged between 5 and 7, and their parents. The study used…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Family Literacy, Family Programs, Family Environment
Sawyer, Brook E.; Cycyk, Lauren M.; Sandilos, Lia E.; Hammer, Carol S. – Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 2018
Given the need to enhance the academic language and early literacy skills of young children from low-income homes and the importance of the home literacy environment in supporting children's development, the purpose of this qualitative study was to better understand the home literacy environment of low-income African-American and Latino mothers of…
Descriptors: Mother Attitudes, Low Income, Family Literacy, Academic Discourse
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Swain, Jon; Cara, Olga; Mallows, David – Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 2017
This paper reports findings from a mixed methods research project in 2011, which set out to examine the extent and nature of father and child shared home reading practices. There was a particular focus on exploring fathers' perceptions of their role in reading with their child, aged five years old. The research was commissioned by Booktrust and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Fathers, Reading Aloud to Others, Preschool Children
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Di Santo, Aurelia; Timmons, Kristy; Pelletier, Janette – Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 2016
The present study examined how a six-week family literacy programme contributed to supporting the efforts 12 mothers living in a residential shelter were making to foster their preschool children's literacy development. We compared pre- and post-programme interviews to explore whether the mothers applied the literacy strategies discussed in the…
Descriptors: Program Effectiveness, Mothers, Family Literacy, Homeless People
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Schick, Adina R.; Melzi, Gigliana – Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 2016
This study examined literacy practices in the homes of 127 low-income Latino preschoolers enrolled in bilingual preschool classrooms. Specifically, we investigated the print-related practices that Latino primary caregivers engaged in with their preschool-aged children at the start of the school year and explored the relation between these…
Descriptors: Literacy Education, Low Income Groups, Hispanic Americans, Preschool Children
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Meyer, Lori E.; Ostrosky, Michaelene M.; Yu, SeonYeong; Favazza, Paddy C.; Mouzourou, Chryso; van Luling, Lisa; Park, Hyejin – Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 2016
Teachers often recommend that families engage their children in shared book reading to support literacy learning at home. When teachers purposefully provide families with home literacy activities there are benefits for everyone involved. The purpose of this article is to report the findings of a study that examined parental participation and…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Learning Centers (Classroom), Parent Participation, Parent Attitudes
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Forey, Gail; Besser, Sharon; Sampson, Nicholas – Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 2016
It has long been established that parents play a key role in educational achievement. In this paper, we examine parental involvement in children's foreign language learning and the goal of finding ways to support families as they help their children to acquire a foreign language. The study investigated the ways in which Hong Kong families do and…
Descriptors: Parent Participation, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Workshops
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Kuchirko, Yana; Tamis-LeMonda, Catherine S.; Luo, Rufan; Liang, Eva – Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 2016
Developmental changes in the questions mothers asked during book-sharing interactions with their preschool children and associations between mothers' questions and children's narrative contributions were examined. Children and mothers from ethnically diverse backgrounds (African American, Dominican and Mexican) were video-recorded sharing the…
Descriptors: Mothers, Parent Child Relationship, Story Reading, Preschool Children
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Tarc, Aparna Mishra – Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 2015
My paper situates literacy in the pre-symbolic implications of the maternal relation. Turning to child psychoanalysis, particularly Melanie Klein's theories of infancy and symbolization, my paper discusses the role the child's inner life plays in her engagements with literacy. Citing cases of second language learning, I pose literacy as…
Descriptors: Literacy, Child Psychology, Teaching Methods, Educational Practices
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Timmons, Kristy; Pelletier, Janette – Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 2015
This study examined how parents' own learning affected their support for their children in a school-based Family Literacy Programme. Seventy-two children in junior kindergarten (4-year-olds) and senior kindergarten (5-year-olds) and their parents participated in the programme; complete data were available for 52 parents. Comparisons of pre- and…
Descriptors: Family Literacy, Family Programs, Program Effectiveness, Parent Education
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Baird, Ashley Simpson; Kibler, Amanda; Palacios, Natalia – Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 2015
This case study examines one Honduran immigrant family's community of practice during home literacy events. Data include field notes and audio and video recordings from six weeks of in-home observations. Coding and discourse analysis are used to analyse talk-in-interaction in order to understand how the family engages in literacy events. Family…
Descriptors: Bilingualism, Family Relationship, Case Studies, Immigrants
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Liebeskind, Kara G.; Piotrowski, Jessica T.; Lapierre, Matthew A.; Linebarger, Deborah L. – Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 2014
Children who start school with strong language skills initiate a trajectory of academic success, while children with weaker skills are likely to struggle. Research has demonstrated that media and parent-child interactions, both characteristics of the home literacy environment, influence children's language skills. Using a national sample of…
Descriptors: Family Literacy, Family Environment, Parent Child Relationship, Academic Achievement
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Edwards, Claire Maples – Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 2014
Maternal emergent literacy practices during shared-reading interactions with 18-36-month-old toddlers were examined. The investigation of emergent literacy behaviours of both mothers and toddlers investigated included the examination of phonological awareness and written language awareness. Participants included 15 mother-toddler dyads from middle…
Descriptors: Mothers, Reading Habits, Literacy, Reading Aloud to Others
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