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A shared reading intervention with parents to enhance young children's early literacy skills


Sim, SHS and Berthelsen, D and Walker, S and Nicholson, JM and Fielding-Barnsley, R, A shared reading intervention with parents to enhance young children's early literacy skills, Early Child Development and Care, 184, (11) pp. 1531-1549. ISSN 0300-4430 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/03004430.2013.862532


A pragmatic randomised controlled trial was used to investigate the effects of two forms of shared reading on children’s language and literacy skills. Parents of 80 children in the preparatory year of school participated in an eight-week home reading intervention. Families were assigned to one of three groups: dialogic reading (DR), dialogic reading with the addition of print referencing (DR + PR), or an attention-matched control group. Analyses of change from pre- to post-intervention showed significant effects for the DR and DP+PR groups compared to the control group on three of the six emergent literacy measures: expressive language, rhyme, and concepts about print. At three-month follow-up assessment, the two intervention groups maintained significantly better performance on the measure of concepts about print only. These findings illustrate the potential of a brief home-based intervention for promoting children’s emergent literacy

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:emergent literacy intervention, dialogic reading, print referencing, shared reading, pragmatic randomised control trial
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:English and literacy curriculum and pedagogy (excl. LOTE, ESL and TESOL)
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Learner and learning
Objective Field:Learner and learning not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Fielding-Barnsley, R (Associate Professor Ruth Fielding-Barnsley)
ID Code:88236
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2014-01-22
Last Modified:2017-01-19
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