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Emergent literacy as sociocultural practice: How well do New Zealand parents fit with Te Whāriki?
Journal of Early Childhood Literacy (2015)
  • Qilong Zhang, Dr.
Abstract
A sociocultural approach to emergent literacy and growing concerns over the de-emphasis on literacy of the New Zealand early childhood education curriculum Te Whāriki call for locally situated emergent literacy programmes co-constructed by teachers, parents and children. While teachers’ approach to emergent literacy takes centre stage in research, little is known about approach of parents and whether and to what extent it is in tune with the national curriculum framework. Adopting deductive qualitative analysis, this study examines beliefs and practice about their child’s emergent literacy of 25 parents from New Zealand public kindergartens against the learning outcomes of emergent literacy proclaimed in Te Whāriki. The findings confirm general compatibility between parents’ approach to emergent literacy and that of Te Whāriki. Parents in this study recognise and respond to the importance of the pre-literacy skills (e.g. name writing) for school readiness, which concretises, operationalises, and localises the generally, loosely, and vaguely defined Te Whāriki learning outcomes. The findings support the practicality of the co-construction of local emergent literacy programmes by teachers and parents in chartered early childhood education services in New Zealand.
Keywords
  • Emergent literacy,
  • Te Wha¯riki,
  • parent,
  • co-construction,
  • early childhood
Publication Date
2015
Citation Information
Qilong Zhang. "Emergent literacy as sociocultural practice: How well do New Zealand parents fit with Te Whāriki?" Journal of Early Childhood Literacy (2015)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/qilong_zhang/7/