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Title: Malay and Chinese children's literacy and home-school relationships
Authors: Mukhlis Abu Bakar
Koh, Guat Hua
Keywords: Language
Issue Date: Aug-2009
Abstract: This report examines the home and school literacy practices of Malay and Chinese children of different socio-economic background and how these impact on their academic performance upon entering school. It is based on a longitudinal study of the home and school literacy experiences of seven Malay children and seven Chinese children from the time they attended kindergarten until they completed Primary 1 (roughly from 4 to 7 years old). The impetus for the study was in part due to the continuing unequal literacy outcomes between Malay and Chinese students on the one hand, and between students of different socio-economic classes regardless of ethnic groups, on the other. Data analysis show that participant parents, regardless of their socio-economic background, value their children's educational success, want their children to do well in school, and correspondingly see themselves as supporting their children in one way or another. The evidence, however, demonstrates a variation in familial perspectives and needs and a considerable distinction in how families of different background define literacy and which literacy they consider worth transmitting to the children. These in turn affect the way they foster their children's acquisition of literacy.
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Project number: CRP 19/04 MAB
CRP 12/06 MAB
Appears in Collections:CRPP - Research Reports

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