Department of Psychology
Typically, research on emergent literacy and phonemic awareness is focused on children older than five years of age. The research clearly suggests that emergent literacy and phonemic awareness skills are precursors for children to learn to read and that low-income children often lack these skills. However, very little research has focused on emergent literacy and phonemic awareness skills of four-year-olds. Another important factor that has been neglected, thus far, is the impact parents may have on their children acquiring these skills. Therefore, this study presents a training program that addresses emergent literacy and phonemic awareness in low income, four-year-old, Head Start children. The study found that children of families who received the phonemic awareness and emergent literacy training program achieved a higher level of phonemic awareness skills on post-intervention measures. These results suggest that four-year-old children can learn phonemic awareness skills from their parents when provided with appropriate materials that can be utilized in the home.
Education | Psychology
Bradbury, Kelli, "Improvoing Head Start Children's Emergent Literacy and Phonemic Awareness Through Parent Training" (2001). Masters Theses & Specialist Projects. Paper 680.