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My first round of action research explored the driving question, "Can parents be significant contributors to their children’s acquisition of letter-sound fluency with support from their children’s schools via technology?" Read my abstract below for a brief summary of my research and findings. Click on the abstract to read my full research paper.
Background and Need
In the U.S., many children enter Kindergarten already behind in the early skills and knowledge they need to become successful readers (Zill, N., & West, J. U.S. Department of Education, 2001). When given standard early literacy assessments, these students have a difficult time catching up to their peers who entered prepared (Foster & Miller, 2007). A surplus of research has found that parent involvement can have a positive impact on student achievement in literacy (Van Voorhis, Maier, Epstein, & Lloyd, 2013). According to the National Education Association, “Data compiled in 2005 show that 17 states have directed all districts or schools to implement parental involvement policies” (Van Roekel, N. P. D. 2008). The Pew Research Center on Internet and Technology reports that 67% of people who make less than $30,000 per year, and 82% of people who make $30,000-$49,000 own smartphones. This means that more parents than ever can use technology to communicate with their children’s schools and access resources to become involved in their education. If it is demonstrated that parents can help their children become better readers using technology, one potential way to close the achievement gap could be identified.
Read below for a summary of what you'll find in my literature review, which explores existing knowledge and research on the topics of home parent interventions, the use of technology to increase parent involvement, and the importance of alphabet knowledge in young learners.
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