Journal article

Parent Mastery of Conversational Reading at Playgroup in Two Remote Northern Territory Communities

Jane Page, Lisa Murray, Frank Niklas, Patricia Eadie, Megan L Cock, Janet Scull, Joseph Sparling

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION JOURNAL | SPRINGER | Published : 2021

Abstract

This paper explores strategies that support Aboriginal parents’ mastery of evidence-based early learning strategies, and their impact on young Aboriginal children’s learning outcomes. The three-year study followed 32 parent-child dyads attending Families as First Teachers (FaFT) playgroups in two remote Northern Territory communities in 2015–2017. Trained FaFT staff provided parents with coaching in the use of Conversational Reading—an evidence-based shared reading strategy in first language—at FaFT. The study examined patterns of parent mastery across the three-year study period, the relationship between levels of parent-child participation at FaFT (program dosage) and parent mastery, and t..

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