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Children and literacy

Date: 1.9.1991-31.12.1997
Code: 3443
Department: Åbo Akademi University / Faculty of Education (PF), Dept. of Teacher Education
Address: Kyrkoesplanaden 11-13 / PB 311, FIN-65101 Vasa
Phone +358-6-3247 388
Fax +358-6-3247 302
E-mail Ria.heila-Ylikallio@abo.fi
Project leader: PeL Ria Heilä-Ylikallio, lektor (1.9.1991-31.12.1997)
Type of research: 0 (0=Within duty, 1=Ordered research, 2=Co-operation)
- basic research 30 %
- applied research 60 %
- developmental work 10 %
ŇA internal financing: FIM 42000
Finnish funding organizations: Stiftelsens för Åbo Akademi forskningsinstitut () FIM 33300
Waldemar von Frenckells stiftelse, Helsingfors () FIM 20000
Man months: Totally: 7 months
Partners: Nordiskt nätverk med stöd av Nordiska ministerrådet (Skolstart i Norden); nationellt nätverk (Skolstart i Norden - Finland)
Contacts: Moderprojekt Barn, språk och kommunikation; Avdelningen för barnspråk vid Lunds universitet (prof.Ragnhild Söderbergh); NFPF:S (Nordisk förening för pedagogisk forskning; Early childhood education)
Keywords: barn i föreskoleåldern, nybörjare, skriftspråk, esikouluikäiset, koulutulokkat, kirjakieli, text, skriftspråksmedvetenhet, metakognition, text, literacy, metacognition,

The aim of the study is to identify and analyze patterns in the meeting between 6-8 years old children and literacy.The aim is diveded to two problems: (1) How do children construct and organize meaning of written language? and (2) How do the meeting whith written language develop and change? -Totaly 40 children, born in 1986, participated in the study.The children are followed from pre-school to the second school-year, during a period of two years 1993-1995.Data consist of children's drawings, interviews, text and standised tests of intelligence and reading.The data analyses follows the principles of grounded theory and qualitative cathegories of description are created and illustrated in quantitative combinations.

Publication(s)

28.3.1996 / 1.4.1996