Literacy practices in parents of preschool children with & without disabilities

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dc.contributor.advisor Hadadian, Azar M. en_US Weikle, Bonnie J. en_US
dc.coverage.spatial n-us-in en_US 2011-06-03T19:32:18Z 2011-06-03T19:32:18Z 2000 en_US 2000
dc.identifier LD2489.Z64 2000 .W45 en_US
dc.description.abstract The study examined the literacy practices, general resources, and technological tools being used by parents to promote literacy at home. The primary purpose was to determine if differences existed in the literacy practices used by parents of preschool children with and without disabilities. The study also sought to determine if the age and education of parents had any effect upon the literacy practices utilized by parents.The population for the study consisted of 384 parents from six counties in Indiana. Each participant had a child between the ages of 3- to 6-years old who attended a preschool program. Over half of the participants had a child with disabilities. Preschool administrators who were selected for the study distributed the data-collection instrument, Parent's Views on Literacy Survey, which was developed by the researcher. The survey instrument consisted of demographic questions that addressed the study's independent variables and 20 questions that were designed to act as the study's dependent variables. The questions pertained to the types of literacy activities being provided in the home.A multivariate analysis of variance (MANOVA) was performed and a significant difference between parents of preschool children with disabilities and parents of preschool children without disabilities was determined. Parents of preschool children without disabilities used significantly more general literacy practices and literacy activities using technology. There was a significant difference in the types of activities and in the quantity of activities provided. It was also determined that the differences were not due to the factors of age or education of the parents. The second part of the questionnaire directed questions specifically to parents of preschool children with disabilities. The type of disability of the child, the types of assistive technology (AT), and the frequency in which AT was utilized to promote literacy activities were identified. A simple cross tabulation between the types of disabilities and the categories of AT revealed that there were also differences among the categories of AT used and disability types.Three open-ended questions were used to determine additional information about parents' literacy practices. The data collected was stratified and analyzed for emergent themes. Parents of typically developing children reported the need for more technological tools and resources while parents of preschool children with disabilities reported that more information on specific skill development was needed. Furthermore, parents of preschool children with disabilities expressed the belief that the greatest barrier for their child in developing literacy skills related to factors that were associated with the disability. It was also determined that parents of children with disabilities underutilized assistive technology devices for facilitating literacy skills.This research further supports the differences in the literacy practices among parents. Parents of preschool children without disabilities use general literacy practices and technological literacy practices with greater frequency than do the parents of preschool children with disabilities. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Department of Special Education
dc.format.extent viii, 187 leaves : facsims. ; 28 cm. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Literacy -- Study and teaching (Preschool) -- Activity programs -- Indiana. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Family literacy programs -- Indiana. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Preschool children -- Education -- Indiana. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Children with disabilities -- Education (Preschool) -- Indiana. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Education, Preschool -- Parent participation -- Indiana. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Computers and literacy -- Indiana. en_US
dc.title Literacy practices in parents of preschool children with & without disabilities en_US Thesis (D. Ed.) en_US
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