Parental Involvement in Reading: Effect on Early Reading Achievement

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Parental Involvement in Reading:
Effect on Early Reading Achievement
Reading achievement is one of the most important aspects in every young child’s life. Learning to read is of course anything but a race, but getting a good start is as vital in learning to read as it is in any race. Children who fall behind in school at an early age seldom catch up. Studies have found that children who were classified as poor readers at the end of first grade had an 88% chance of being poor readers at the end of fourth grade (Jenkins & Vadasy, 2000). Countless studies have been conducted to determine the effect of parental involvement on students reading achievement. Observations and interviews suggested that parental activity increased children’s reading skill acquisition or enthusiasm, which, resulted in success in reading. All results indicated that parental involvement in reading has a considerable impact on students reading achievement. The findings support that parental involvement plays a part in fostering children’s cognitive growth and academic success. Research done in this area has been quantitative in nature in that studies have looked at the relationship and/or the cause and effect of parental involvement and reading achievement. There has been little qualitative data collected in this particular area.
Statement of the Problem The purpose of this qualitative study is to document the process and experiences of one parent-child pair where the child is in first grade and the parent is of middle class. The initial question to be explored in this proposed project is to what extent does parental involvement have an effect on early reading achievement?
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