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‘Very accessible - not too technical or jargon-ridden. The practical suggestions were useful too - if professionals feel inspired to promote change in their practice and policy it is helpful to have suggestions on where to start and what to do’ - Management in Education.

Few primary teachers have a chance to find out in detail what children have already learnt, and continue to learn, about literacy at home with their parents. This book gives a clear demonstration of literacy learning that takes place at home, and how it differs from, as well as relates to, literacy at school. It will help teachers to increase their understanding of this process and to build on their relationship with parents. Such understanding, the book shows, can directly enhance children's literacy performance in school.

Influences on the Parents' Role
Influences on the parents' role

In Chapters 5 and 6 I referred to the framework, outlined in Appendix 1, for looking at the role of parents in their children's literacy development. The framework indicates factors which may influence how and why parents provide resources, act as literacy models, and engage with their children on literacy practices and events. The parents' role in literacy involves attitudes and ideas that have been built up within a socio-cultural context over time, as a subtle result of a whole range of predispositions and external circumstances. Some of these may therefore be hard to access. Some of the more obvious factors which influence the role of parents in their children's literacy development will be discussed here.

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