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MS in Literacy Education



First Supervisor

Gloria E. Jacobs


Emergent literacy is quickly becoming a vital aspect of schooling; as it often reveals a student’s later success. This research asked what strategies teachers can use to assist emergent learners in their literacy development. Research indicates that print concepts, oral language, phonological awareness, and letter knowledge are the strongest predictors of future reading success. Observations and interviews of seven preschool students indicated the need for explicit, hands-on approaches to teach emergent literacy skills. Young learners require adult-mediated discussions and play, as well as the use of manipulatives and technology to increase their understanding. Utilizing hands-on materials and technologies encouraged student participation. This study found that teachers must take advantage of the interests of students and adjust their teaching accordingly.

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