A Review of Literacy Practices in Relation to Ethno- and Socio-cultural Contexts (73891)

Session Information: Language Development & Literacy
Session Chair: Laura Taylor

Friday, 24 November 2023 10:55
Session: Session 2
Room: Room 608
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation

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The purpose of this paper is to examine the current understandings of literacy and how it is practiced in relation to ethnicity and socioeconomic status. This review was conducted as part of a larger doctoral study that seeks to describe and explain the literacy practices of low-, middle-, and high-income Singaporean Indian parents of preschool-aged children. As literacy practices are highly contextual, this review draws from a sample of international studies and purposefully includes articles from Singapore. The review first traces the expanding definition of literacy, from simply “reading and writing” skills to multiple and multi-modal socio-cultural and ideological practices. It then presents the themes found in a comprehensive survey of studies of early home literacy practices of parents and how these practices are related to ethnic and socioeconomic cultures. These themes include the goals, values, and attitudes inherent in parents’ literacy practices, parental modelling and participation, and their provision of literacy materials. The review also draws connections to the ideological, ethnic, and socioeconomic influences on these practices. Lastly, this paper discusses the theoretical, empirical, and methodological gaps in the current literature about literacy practices and proposes some possible research directions for future research.

Viknesh Subramaniam, National Institute of Education, Singapore

About the Presenter(s)
Mr Viknesh Subramaniam is a University Doctoral Student at National Institute of Education in Singapore

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