PARENTS' PERCEPTIONS OF AND GOALS FOR ALPHABET BOOKS

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PARENTS' PERCEPTIONS OF AND GOALS FOR ALPHABET BOOKS

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dc.contributor.advisor Evans, Mary Ann
dc.contributor.author Nowak, Sarah
dc.date 2011-07-19
dc.date.accessioned 2011-08-23T18:46:13Z
dc.date.available 2011-08-23T18:46:13Z
dc.date.issued 2011-08-23
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10214/2852
dc.description.abstract This study examined parents’ goals for reading ABC books with their children and their perceptions of page features. Factor analysis of a questionnaire answered by 225 parents of junior and senior kindergarten students revealed four goals for reading alphabet books. In order of importance as rated by parents the goals were: Learning to Read, Enjoyment and Bonding, Learning from Books, and Soothe the Child. Maternal education, number of ABC books owned and ABC book reading frequency were related to parents’ goals. When viewing ABC pages, parents rated pages with little text, simple illustrations and letter sound-word consistency as more appropriate for fulfilling purposes related to learning to decode than pages with a lot of text, complex illustrations, and letter sound-word violations. Findings highlight that parents’ perceptions of which alphabet book page features are more appropriate for decoding purposes are congruent with previous research and experts’ advice. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship SSHRC en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject early literacy en_US
dc.subject alphabet books en_US
dc.subject abc book en_US
dc.subject alphabet en_US
dc.subject goals en_US
dc.title PARENTS' PERCEPTIONS OF AND GOALS FOR ALPHABET BOOKS en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.degree.programme Psychology en_US
dc.degree.name Master of Arts en_US
dc.degree.department Department of Psychology en_US


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