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Title: 
An ethnographic multiple-case study of mother-child interaction strategies in Singapore-based Chinese families
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Keywords: 
Family literacy practices
Maternal interaction strategies
Distancing strategies
Immigrant families
Singapore
Issue Date: 
2014
Citation: 
Ren, L., & Hu, G. (2014). An ethnographic multiple-case study of mother-child interaction strategies in Singapore-based Chinese families. Journal of Asian Pacific Communication, 24(2), 274–300.
Abstract: 
Previous research has shown that differences in the speech that children are exposed to can
lead to differences in their language, literacy and cognitive development, and may even affect
subsequent success at school. Informed by Vygotsky’s sociocultural theory of language
learning in early childhood and Sigel’s Psychological Distancing Model, this ethnographic
multiple-case study analyzes maternal interaction strategies in four Chinese families in
Singapore – two local and two immigrant families – to explore factors that influence choice
of interaction strategies. Cross-case comparisons are made in terms of the mothers’
professional and cultural backgrounds, and within-case comparisons are made along the lines
of contextual factors. The comparisons reveal both important similarities and differences in
the mothers’ use of interaction strategies which was shaped by an array of social, cultural,
and contextual factors.
Description: 
This is the final draft, after peer-review, of a manuscript published in Journal of Asian Pacific Communication. The published version is available online at http://dx.doi.org/10.1075/japc.24.2.07ren
URI: 
ISSN: 
0957-6851
Other Identifiers: 
10.1075/japc.24.2.07ren
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