A Comparison of the Literacy Development Context of United States and Japanese Families

Saracho, Olivia N.; Shirakawa, Yoko
June 2004
Early Childhood Education Journal;Jun2004, Vol. 31 Issue 4, p261
Academic Journal
Families have a major impact on their children's lives. During the last decade, the results of various studies have led to the elaboration of family literacy programs and have called attention to family members' influence on their children's literacy development, as of June 2004. It is essential to become aware of the rich cultural resources and practices that families and communities practice in cultivating their children's literacy development. This article examines and compares the contribution of families in the U.S. and Japan to their children's literacy development, taking into consideration the extent to which these children are exposed to literacy resources inside and outside their home.


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