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Assessment of Motivation for Literacy in Preschoolers

Title: Assessment of Motivation for Literacy in Preschoolers.
Name(s): Hume, Laura E., author
Lonigan, Christopher J., professor directing thesis
Schatschneider, Christopher, committee member
Taylor, Jeanette, committee member
Department of Psychology, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2011
Publisher: Florida State University
Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: There has been much speculation about the effects of motivation for literacy on literacy skills; yet, the relations between these variables not been established in preschool, the developmental period during which children begin to acquire literacy skills. This study used a new measure of motivation for literacy, the Preschool Interest in Literacy Experiences Scale (PILES), in which children report their interest in literacy related activities. Overall, the validity and reliability of the PILES was not established. However, parent reports of literacy interest and exposure and direct measures of children's early literacy skills were significantly correlated. These findings suggest motivation for literacy impacts early literacy skills even in young children. They also suggest motivation for literacy may increase early literacy skills because it leads to greater exposure to literacy.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-3658 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Thesis submitted to the Department of Psychology in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science.
Degree Awarded: Spring Semester, 2011.
Date of Defense: January 24, 2011.
Keywords: Preschool, Motivation, Early Literacy
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Christopher J. Lonigan, Professor Directing Thesis; Christopher Schatschneider, Committee Member; Jeanette Taylor, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Psychology
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