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Beyond Mother Education: Maternal Practices as Predictors of Early Literacy Development in Chilean Children from Low-SES Households.

Published on Feb 17, 2017in Early Education and Development1.54
· DOI :10.1080/10409289.2016.1197014
Susana Mendive6
Estimated H-index: 6
(UC: Pontifical Catholic University of Chile),
María Rosa Lissi7
Estimated H-index: 7
(UC: Pontifical Catholic University of Chile)
+ 1 AuthorsAdriana Reyes1
Estimated H-index: 1
(UC: Pontifical Catholic University of Chile)
Abstract
ABSTRACTResearch Findings: To extend findings that are mainly based on North American studies with English speakers, we studied 989 Chilean mothers from households of low socioeconomic status and their prekindergarten children, posing 2 questions: (a) Do mothers’ self-reported practices about literacy development predict early literacy outcomes over and above child characteristics and maternal education? (b) Do these maternal practices mediate the relation between maternal education and these child outcomes? Confirming previous studies, exposure to texts and non-present talk predicted vocabulary, and teaching practices predicted child code-related skills. Contrary to previous studies, exposure to texts also predicted child code-related skills. We also found that maternal practices partially mediated the relation between maternal education and early literacy skills. Practice or Policy: Findings suggest the need to target children before prekindergarten with interventions that increase the studied maternal ...
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