Date Approved

5-4-2004

Embargo Period

4-27-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in School Psychology

Department

Educational Services and Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Klanderman, John

Subject(s)

Reading--Parent participation; Reading, Psychology of

Disciplines

Educational Psychology

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to offer support for reading to your child at home during the early elementary years to increase your child's reading readiness at school. It is hypothesized that the more time parents spend reading to their child at home the higher their scores should be on reading assessments. The sample population consists of 15 students, in grades kindergarten and first, from a parochial school located in southern New Jersey. The parents completed a questionnaire and the Marie Clay's Concepts About Print test was administered to the children. The Pearson product moment correlation coefficient was used to examine the relationship between the amounts of time the parents stated that they read to their child at home and their child's test score. In contrast to the current literature, this study did not find that a significant relationship exists between the amount of time parents spent reading to a child at home and test scores.

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