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AuthorIhmeideh, Fathi
AuthorAl-Falasi, Maryam
AuthorAl-Maadadi, Fatima
Available date2022-04-21T10:27:16Z
Publication Date2014
Publication NameQatar Foundation Annual Research Conference Proceedings
Resourceqscience
ISSN2226-9649
URIhttps://doi.org/10.5339/qfarc.2018.SSAHPD672
URIhttp://hdl.handle.net/10576/30197
AbstractThere is an increased recognition that family literacy programs can play a fundamental role in enhancing young children's literacy learning. Research in early literacy development stresses the importance of a partnership between home and school in promoting literacy skills among children (Nutbrown, Hannon, & Morgan, 2005). The concept of family literacy was used to refer to the interrelated literacy practices used by parents and/or family members and children in homes (Hannon, 2000; Teale, 1986). Although family literacy programs are a relatively new phenomenon within the educational context in Qatar, the effectiveness of these programs and the attitudes of those who are involved in these programs remain unknown. Therefore, this study was designed to assess the effectiveness of family literacy programs on children's literacy development implemented in Qatari preschool settings. It also explored the main areas of family literacy programs. Moreover, it examined the attitudes of teachers and parents towards their involvement in literacy learning after the implementation of the family literacy programs. A multi-method approach was utilized, including questionnaires, interviews, and observations. To achieve the objectives of the study, family literacy programs were established in Qatari preschool settings where teachers and parents worked together to facilitate preschoolers' emergent literacy learning and development. The effectiveness of family literacy programs were assessed based on ORIM framework (Hannon, 1998), which conceptualizes families as supporting their children's literacy learning through providing "opportunities" for learning, showing "recognition" of children's activities, "interaction" with children in terms of literacy activities and providing a "model" of a literacy user. Results indicated that family literacy programs implemented in Qatari preschool settings supported children's literacy learning. Furthermore, the results revealed that both kindergarten teachers and parents of preschoolers expressed positive attitudes towards their involvement in the family literacy programs. In addition, it has been found that literacy practices advocated by ORIM framework were ranged from high to moderate, with "recognition of children's activities" receiving the highest rate, followed by providing "opportunities" for learning. Finally, the study revealed that parents addressed all four strands of literacy with "books" and "oral language" receiving the highest rate. The study suggested developing strategies and policies regarding family literacy programs within Qatari kindergarten and primary schools. The study also identified practices needed for parents to promote children's literacy learning and development. Future directions for research and practical implications are also discussed.
Languageen
PublisherHamad bin Khalifa University Press (HBKU Press)
Subjectfamily literacy
Qatari preschool
early literacy development
TitleThe effectiveness of family literacy programs in Qatari preschool settings
TypeConference Paper
Issue Number1
Volume Number2014


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