Shared book reading by parents with young children: Evidence-based practice

Sim, Susan & Berthelsen, Donna (2014) Shared book reading by parents with young children: Evidence-based practice. Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 39(1), pp. 50-55.

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There is considerable recognition that shared book reading helps develop young children's early reading and literacy skills. Home is an important context in which children first start to develop their early literacy skills. This paper reviews Australian and international literature of shared book-reading intervention pertaining to the effects of two different strategies (dialogic reading and print referencing) on young children's early literacy skills. Further, a brief summary of findings of a recent Australian study are presented that showed some significant effects of shared reading on children's early literacy skills. This research used a pragmatic RCT (randomised controlled trial) to investigate a combination of these two forms of shared book-reading home intervention with parents and their children enrolled in the Prep year of school in Queensland. The paper concludes with a discussion of the significance of the findings and implications for parents and teachers to use an evidence-based approach to help children develop early literacy skills.

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ID Code: 83506
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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ISSN: 1836-9391
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Early Childhood Australia Inc.
Deposited On: 12 Apr 2015 23:43
Last Modified: 13 Apr 2015 21:40

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