An Ethnographic Investigation of the Influence of the Home Environment on the Developing Reading Skills of First Grade Children Page: 3
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gathered and analyzed for eight months and involved over
6,600 minutes of observation.
The conclusions of this study are based on data from
six subjects and their families. Within the limitations
of this study, the following conclusions have been formulated.
1. The home environment is a definite and ongoing
influence on a child's development of reading skills.
2. A child*s intrinsic interest in learning to read
may be encouraged by the human interactions with print in
the child's environment.
3. In these homes of upper-middle socioeconomic
status, an abundance of print and manipulative materials
may be necessary but not sufficient factors in the develop-
ment of reading competency by beginning readers.
i+. Children's reading competency and affective dimen-
sions of reading are both positively influenced by being
read to frequently.
5. Children, regardless of their level of readiness
or subsequent degree of reading competency, unanimously
demonstrate positive responses toward someone reading to
6. Opportunities to observe and model family members
engaged in reading activities may be related to children's
intrinsic motivation to learn to read and their reading
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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/m1/3/: accessed October 20, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .