Contextual and noncontextual knowledge in emergent literacy development

Korat, O.

This research had three aims: first, to examine the relationship between two components of emergent literacy: contextual (environmental print, print functions, identifying literacy activities) and non-contextual knowledge (e.g., letters' names, phonemic awareness, concept of print, etc.); second, to explore the relationship between children's knowledge of each of the two components and their socio-economic status (SES) level in the community; and third, to study if and how these two components predict children's word recognition and emergent writing. The
sample included 70 kindergarteners from two communities: 34 from a low SES community and 36 from a middle SES community. Results confirmed the existence of the two proposed distinct components of emergent literacy knowledge-the contextual and non-contextual. Compared with their higher SES peers, low SES children had poorer contextual and non-contextual knowledge. Finally, word recognition and emergent writing were predicted by non-contextual components: phonemic awareness, letters' names, and concept of print knowledge, and not by contextual knowledge, age, or SES group. Implications for future research and educational practice are discussed

Korat, O. (2005).

Contextual and non-contextual knowledge in emergent  literacy development: A comparison between children from low SES and  middle SES communities: A comparison between two social groups. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 20, 220-238. 

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