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Kingore, Bertha Wilhelm, An Ethnographic Investigation
— ^ke Influence of the Home Environment on the Developing
Reading Skills of First-Grade Children. Doctor of Philosophy
(Reading), August, 1980, 232 pp., 10 tables, 5 illustrations,
bibliography, 131 titles.
This study described (a) the factors and activities
in the home environment which appear to affect children1s
reading competence and affective dimensions of reading,
(b) the parents' language style when interacting with their
children, (c) the rate of reading acquisition for children
from differing home environments, and (d) observable behaviors
as children learn to read.
The subjects of this study were three boys and three
girls at different levels of reading readiness. In order
to control the teacher variable, the subjects were randomly
selected from a single first-grade classroom.
The majority of the data from this study was collected
through systematic and ongoing observations in the home
environment of each subject. However, one important strategy
of the data collection was to corroborate the propositions
formed in the home environment with observations of the
subjects' patterns of behavior in their school classroom and
in their school library. Other relevant kinds of data
included subject interviews, parent interviews, a teacher
interview, test results and educational records. Data were
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Kingore, Bertha Wilhelm. An Ethnographic Investigation of the Influence of the Home Environment on the Developing Reading Skills of First Grade Children, dissertation, August 1980; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc332065/m1/2/: accessed October 19, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .