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Intergenerational transmission of literacy skills among Filipino families

Dulay, K. M. ORCID: 0000-0001-8827-9613, Cheung, S.K. & McBride, C. (2019). Intergenerational transmission of literacy skills among Filipino families. Developmental Science, 22(5), e12859. doi: 10.1111/desc.12859

Abstract

We examined the joint role of parental word reading skills and conventional home literacy environment measures among 320 Filipino low- to- middle-income families in Cebu City, Philippines with children aged 5 to 8 years old. A ranking of parent-reported ratings of their frequency of engaging in home literacy activities and adult literacy practices revealed that book-related behaviors were less frequently practiced in this sample, and mean ratings on the home literacy resources scale suggested a relatively print-poor environment. Nevertheless, scale items about book reading and direct literacy instruction at home correlated with child’s literacy skills. Structural equation modeling showed that parent’s education and frequency of engaging in home literacy activities uniquely accounted for variance in child’s oral and print skills. In a second model, parent’s word reading skills were significantly related to child’s skills, but did not eliminate or attenuate influences from parent’s education and home literacy activities. Results are important in relation to theories on the intergenerational transmission of literacy skills and the generalizability of findings from developed countries to developing country contexts.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2019 John Wiley & Sons Ltd. This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Dulay, K. M. , Cheung, S.K. & McBride, C. (2019). Intergenerational transmission of literacy skills among Filipino families. Developmental Science, 22(5), e12859., which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1111/desc.12859. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions. This article may not be enhanced, enriched or otherwise transformed into a derivative work, without express permission from Wiley or by statutory rights under applicable legislation. Copyright notices must not be removed, obscured or modified. The article must be linked to Wiley’s version of record on Wiley Online Library and any embedding, framing or otherwise making available the article or pages thereof by third parties from platforms, services and websites other than Wiley Online Library must be prohibited.
Publisher Keywords: Philippines, word reading, early literacy, oral language, home literacy environment, gene-environment
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
L Education > L Education (General)
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
Departments: School of Arts & Social Sciences > Psychology
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