Parental Literacy Belief and Engagement in Homes of Dual Language Learners: A Mixed Methods Study
The primary objective of the proposed study is to better understand how the engagement of Latino parents in a Head Start emergent literacy project evolves into tangible home literacy practices and how these contribute to their child's literacy outcomes. The hypothesis is that Latino parental engagement in a Head Start emergent literacy project and Latino parental beliefs regarding literacy practices relate to changes in their observed home literacy practices. It is further hypothesized that these home practices are related to child literacy outcomes. A concurrent triangulation mixed methods design will be used for the study. The quantitative component consists of secondary data analysis involving a hierarchical linear model (i.e., multilevel regression models) to statistically test the research hypotheses. For the qualitative component of the study, in-depth interviews will be conducted with a subset of the participating families. One hundred forty two Latino parents and their children from a rural Midwest community will be participants in this study. A better understanding of how Latino parental beliefs and engagement in home literacy practices relates to Head Start dual language learner outcomes will help to inform Head Start practitioners when designing and implementing strategies that are targeted at supporting Latino parents in their endeavor to create home environments that contribute to their children's literacy development.
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Parental literacy behavior and engagement in homes of dual-language learners: A mixed methods study