An Investigation of the relationship between preschoolers' reading attitudes and home literacy environment

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2013
Altun, Dilek
The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between preschool children’s reading attitudes and their home literacy environment. In addition, children’s perceptions of reading in terms of their reading attitudes were examined as a part of this study. The sample of this study consisted of 261 parents and their 5 year-old children who were enrolled preschool in Ankara, Turkey. The data of this study were collected through child interviews, demographic information forms, and the following questionnaires: the Home Literacy Environment Questionnaire (Umek et al., 2005) and the Preschool Children Reading Attitudes (Saracho, 1986) questionnaire. These questionnaires were both translated into Turkish, and statistical analyses were conducted to control for validity and reliability issues through a pilot study. The results of the study showed that there was a statistically significant relationship between preschool children’s reading attitudes and their home literacy environment. In addition, the study revealed there were some differences in children’s reading attitudes and their home literacy environment in regards to demographic variables. Furthermore, the study demonstrated that children who have more positive reading attitudes tended to give clearer and more detailed responses to questions and were more aware that writing contains messages. In addition, those children mentioned letters and the role of letters in the learning to read process.
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D. Altun, “An Investigation of the relationship between preschoolers’ reading attitudes and home literacy environment,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2013.