Family literacy practices and home literacy resources : an Australian pilot study

Grieshaber, Susan J., Shield, Paul, Luke, Allan, & Macdonald, Shelly (2012) Family literacy practices and home literacy resources : an Australian pilot study. Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 12(2), pp. 113-138.

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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.

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ID Code: 51012
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: achievement , cultural background, family literacy practices, home literacy resources
DOI: 10.1177/1468798411416888
ISSN: 1741-2919
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > English and Literacy Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl. LOTE ESL and TESOL) (130204)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Sociology not elsewhere classified (160899)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > Schools > School of Teacher Education & Leadership
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Current > Schools > School of Early Childhood & Inclusive Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 SAGE Publications
Deposited On: 21 Jun 2012 22:24
Last Modified: 01 Jul 2013 19:18

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