Date of Award

Spring 5-13-2022

Document Type

Project (696 or 796 registration)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Curriculum & Instruction


Graduate Studies

Committee Chair

Kristen Carlson, Michael Coquyt


Parental Support, Reading, Home Literacy Environment, Literacy Interest, At-Home, Reading Support


Literacy education begins long before students step foot in their first classroom. Much research has been done that highlights the importance of the home literacy environment and the development of literacy interest in children (Jeynes, 2018). Home literacy environment (HLE) refers to the variety of literacy materials and activities found within the home. Literacy interest, broadly put, is a child's desire to engage in literacy activities. The development and practice of these has shown to be correlated with students' later reading success in school. Considering this, the role of a parent in their child’s success is influential. However, it seems that many parents are unaware of the power they hold in impacting how their child learns. The purpose of this study aims to understand parental perspective in this matter to gain an understanding of how schools can better support parents in their attempts to create rich HLE and develop literacy interest in their children. The study examined parents of children in grades K-2 who attended the cooperating elementary school. The parents were asked a series of questions in the form of a survey. Their responses were then analyzed for emerging patterns and themes among answers. This information gained from the study highlighted what next steps the school could then take to better support parents in their endeavors to support their children’s literacy development at home.



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