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Read-Alouds in Preschool: a matter of discipline?
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of language studies.
2015 (English)In: Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, ISSN 1468-7984, E-ISSN 1741-2919, Vol. 15, no 2, 256-280 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The enquiries in this study were directed towards the reading of children’s literature in preschool with the aim of describing and analysing how read-alouds were carried out in 39 preschools in the northern and southern parts of Sweden. How often were read-alouds performed? How long were they? How was literature chosen? Who initiated the read-alouds? Did dialogues and follow-up activities occur? In what context did the read-alouds take place? Student preschool teachers and preschool teachers in in-service training carried out observations over the course of one week. The results indicated that read-alouds most often occurred once a day, and that they were seldom embedded in a context or planned. Books were chosen randomly. Follow-up activities occurred in 27 % of the reading occasions. Thus, we conclude that read-alouds primarily had a disciplinary focus. The negative effects of these findings, in particular with respect to children from poor print environments, will be discussed.

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Sage Publications, 2015. Vol. 15, no 2, 256-280 p.
Keyword [en]
Read-alouds, emergent literacy, preschool, children’s literature, context embedded learning, text talk
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Educational Sciences
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educational work; Education
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-84497DOI: 10.1177/1468798414522823OAI: diva2:684764
Available from: 2014-01-08 Created: 2014-01-08 Last updated: 2015-12-15Bibliographically approved

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