Advisor

Howard, Esther

Committee Member

Prince, Debra Lindsey

Committee Member

Taylor, Jan Cooper

Committee Member

Grace, Cathy

Committee Member

Jones, Linda T.

Date of Degree

1-1-2004

Document Type

Dissertation - Open Access

Department

Department of Curriculum and Instruction

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to identify the beliefs of the participants with regards to emergent literacy. Another purpose was to identify literacy practices employed by the participants while teaching preschool children. An additional purpose was to determine if participation in the course entitled ?Emergent Literacy? changed any beliefs of the participants regarding emergent literacy and subsequent literacy practices employed while teaching preschool children. The final purpose of this study was to determine the beliefs of the participants regarding emergent literacy and subsequent literacy practices employed while teaching preschool children, three years after completing the course entitled ?Emergent Literacy.? The results indicated that the initial beliefs of the participants with regard to emergent literacy were not well defined. Moreover, their experience with literacy practices was limited prior to taking the emergent literacy course. Their responses to the Final Guided Questions indicated positive changes in the beliefs of the participants with regard to emergent literacy and the literacy practices employed while teaching preschool children. Further the responses of the participants on the Follow-Up Survey indicated they still employed the literacy practices while teaching preschool, 3 years after completing the emergent literacy course.

URI

https://hdl.handle.net/11668/19188

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