Understanding home literacy practices of young children in vulnerable communities: what we can learn from the research

Nolan, Andrea, Raban, Bridie and Smith, Rhonda 2016, Understanding home literacy practices of young children in vulnerable communities: what we can learn from the research. In Scull, Janet and Raban, Bridie (ed), Growing up literate: Australian literacy research for practice, Eleanor Curtain Publishing, Melbourne, Vic., pp.37-50.

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Title Understanding home literacy practices of young children in vulnerable communities: what we can learn from the research
Author(s) Nolan, AndreaORCID iD for Nolan, Andrea orcid.org/0000-0003-3519-6317
Raban, Bridie
Smith, Rhonda
Title of book Growing up literate: Australian literacy research for practice
Editor(s) Scull, Janet
Raban, Bridie
Publication date 2016
Chapter number 3
Total chapters 14
Start page 37
End page 50
Total pages 14
Publisher Eleanor Curtain Publishing
Place of Publication Melbourne, Vic.
Keyword(s) home literacy
teacher literacy practice
Summary Research indicates that children who arrive m school with limited experiences of literacy are frequently at a disadvantage with progress in school. Without the necessary literate cultural capital, they have difficulty learning to read and write, falling further behind their classmates throughout their schooling. It is important that we focus on what language and literacy experiences are occurring in the home and how these can be further supported.This chapter acknowledges the important role that families play in young children's language and literacy development, drawing attention to the importance of the home as a site for supporting the literacy growth of children. Data, to inform the chapter, are drawn from two sources. One source is a large-scale survey investigation that gained insight into the different home literacy practices of preschool children in some disadvantaged areas of Victoria. The data provide a snapshot into what literacy practices occur in these homes. The second source is a case study of a single family taken from a targeted literacy intervention program in the north-west of Victoria. This study highlights possibilities for supporting families in literacy interactions with their young children in the home. The findings from both studies point to practical approaches and strategies that promote and support home literacy practices. This chapter argues that supporting families in their role is just as important as these families supporting their children's language and literacy learning.
ISBN 1760177636
Language eng
Field of Research 130102 Early Childhood Education (excl Maori)
Socio Economic Objective 930201 Pedagogy
HERDC Research category B1 Book chapter
ERA Research output type B Book chapter
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