Home Environment (Effects on Language and Literacy Development)

Catherine Compton-Lilly

In: Encyclopedia of Language Development

Home Environment (Effects on Language and Literacy Development)

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  • Over the past 30 years, increasing attention has been paid to the effects of home environments on children's language and literacy development. Home language environment generally refers not only to the home and the physical resources it provides (e.g., books, newspapers, and writing materials) but also to the social interactions and relationships that occur within home contexts. Various terms have been used to refer to the relationships among home literacy environments and children's literacy and language development including family literacy and language practices, home literacy environments, literacy in families, home-based literacy and language processes, literacy and language among family members, and home literacy experiences. Some researchers focus on specific dimensions of the home literacy and language environment, including parent-child joint book reading experiences or ...

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