Journal article

Making a difference to children's reasoning skills before school-entry: The contribution of the home learning environment

Frank Niklas, Caroline Cohrssen, Collette Tayler

CONTEMPORARY EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY | ACADEMIC PRESS INC ELSEVIER SCIENCE | Published : 2018

Abstract

Children's cognitive development is facilitated by interactions with more knowledgeable others. Such interactions occur in children's families in the context of the home learning environment (HLE). Consequently, quality enhancements of the HLE may also improve children's cognitive abilities. A non-intensive intervention was developed to improve both the HLE and children's cognitive abilities in a sample of 116 four-year-old Australian children and their parents. The intervention consisted of parents or caregivers attending a parents’ evening at which the importance of the HLE was discussed, and an additional individual session that introduced the principles of counting and dialogic reading. ..

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