Parents - the first teachers: supporting families in early literacy development

Roberge, Maureen A. (2005) Parents - the first teachers: supporting families in early literacy development. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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In this paper folio early literacy development is discussed and support for families as first teachers of literacy learning is examined. In the first paper, theories of early childhood development, early language acquisition, and early literacy development are presented, as well as relevant, recent findings from neuroscience. The roles that families play in supporting children's early literacy development are discussed. The second paper traces the emergence of the family literacy movement and philosophical dissension within the field is examined. A number of family literacy programs, designed to support early literacy development within families, are analyzed. In the third paper, a description of early literacy/family literacy programs that currently exist in Newfoundland and Labrador are presented. Those organizations/agencies responsible for early literacy/family literacy within the Province are identified and their roles discussed. This paper concludes with suggested guidelines for the advancement of early literacy/family literacy in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Item ID: 11346
Additional Information: Includes bibliographical references.
Department(s): Education, Faculty of
Date: 2005
Date Type: Submission
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Family literacy programs--Newfoundland and Labrador; Literacy--Government policy--Newfoundland and Labrador.

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