The Trend of Literacy Development during the Early School Years of Children Living in Low-income Neighborhoods: A Cross-sectional Study

By Lily Dyson.

Published by The Learner Collection

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This study examined the trend of literacy development and major structural factors affecting literacy during the early elementary school years of children living in low-income neighborhoods. A sample of 400 children from such neighborhoods was compared with another sample of 273 children from more affluent neighborhoods. The results showed that while literacy skills grew with age in both groups of children, a between-groups gap unfavorable to the low-income group began at school entry and widened with time for most literacy skills. Within the neighborhood, the father’s and mother’s level of educational attainment was related to children’s literacy.

Keywords: Literacy, Trends, Low-Income, Children, Neighborhood

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 16, Issue 12, pp.53-66. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.353MB).

Dr. Lily Dyson

Professor, Education, University of Victoria, Victoria, B.C., Canada

Lily Dyson, Ph.D., is a professor of Special Education and Educational Psychology. She now teaches at Royal Roads University, Victoria, B. C., Canada. Her current research focuses on literacy of children living with socio-economic disadvantage.


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