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Preschool teachers’ perceptions about read-alouds as a means to support children’s early literacy and language development
Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Educational Work.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2130-4797
2017 (English)In: Literacy Research and Instruction, ISSN 1938-8071, E-ISSN 1938-8063Article in journal (Refereed) Accepted
Abstract [en]

This study examined active Swedish preschool teachers’ thoughts and perceptions in terms of read-alouds as a tool to support children’s literacy and language development. The research question was “How and for what purpose do preschool teachers say that they organize read-alouds in preschool?” Three focus group interviews with five preschool teachers from different preschools in each group were conducted. The results show that the read-aloud is used for disciplinary purposes, for gathering the children in a group and for organizing daily activities, and that the informants do not explicitly know about early literacy and language learning. For that reason, the teachers’ actions are based on an intuitive approach rather than on research. Read-alouds appear to be one among many everyday educational tools used in preschool instead of being used purposely as a tool for literacy and language development.

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2017.
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Early literacy and language learning, instruction, preschool, read-alouds, socio-cognitive learning, socio-cultural perspective
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Pedagogical Work
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Education and Learning, Förskollärares uppfattningar om högläsningens potential som skriftspråksutvecklande pedagogik
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-26481OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-26481DiVA: diva2:1153923
Available from: 2017-11-01 Created: 2017-11-01 Last updated: 2017-11-01Bibliographically approved

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