Early literacy study at CSU

19 MAY 2015

A new study is underway at CSU to better understand how very young children can be supported to write and draw at home and at childcare.

A new study is underway at Charles Sturt University (CSU) to better understand how very young children can be supported to write and draw at home and at childcare.

Researchers from the University's School of Education are examining the understanding of parents and early childcare professionals of literacy in under three year olds and how they support and promote it.

Dr Noella Mackenzie said, "Early literacy can be encouraged through teaching nursery rhythms, singing or helping children to draw in the sand.

"We specifically want to understand what happens in children aged under three, before they move into pre-school as literacy research in these early years is scarce," she said.

The two early childhood centres at CSU in Albury-Wodonga and Wagga Wagga have agreed to participate in the study. In in the initial part of the project, surveys were distributed to parents and the early childcare educators.

Dr Mackenzie said the surveys asked open-ended questions, exploring the participants' understandings and practices around supporting early writing, and gathered demographic information.

Participants will also be invited to take part in telephone interviews.

"We want to find ways that early childcare educators and parents could be further supported to encourage young children's early drawing and writing," Dr Mackenzie said.

Director of the University's Children's Centre at Albury-Wodonga and Wagga Wagga Ms Megan Isaac said, "We are excited to be a part of this important research project.

"I feel our involvement will provide both our educators and families with some valuable professional development on early literacy," she said.

Media Note:

CSU researcher Dr Noella Mackenzie and CSU Children's Centre Director Ms Megan Isaac are available for interview at 9.30am on Wednesday 20 May at the Murray Children's Centre, building 711, near car park 1 off Elizabeth Mitchell Drive, CSU in Thurgoona . Contact CSU Media.

Principal investigators in the study, Early Childhood Educators' and Parents' Understandings of how to support Early Literacy in Children Under Three are Dr Noella Mackenzie and Dr Laura Piazza from the School of Education At CSU in Albury-Wodonga.

They are members of the University's Research Institute for Professional Practice, Learning and Education (RIPPLE)

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