Exploring home literacy practices among Rwandan families
2011 (English)In: International journal of research in education, ISSN 2227-166X (print), 2227-1732 (online), Vol. 3, no 1, 1-11 p.Article in journal (Other academic) Published
This study reports on home literacy practices of 24 Rwandan rural and urban families with children attending both nursery and primary schools. The poor home literacy environment prevailing in Rwandan families is reportedly said to obstruct early literacy and subsequent acquisition of a reading culture. Research provides evidence that a rich home literacy environment plays a vital role in nurturing early literacy skills and impacts later reading achievement and intellectual self-fulfilment of the children. The purpose of this study is to explore literacy activities that are taking place in Rwandan homes and to raise parents’ awareness with regard to conducive home literate behaviours to display. Voluntary families in selected areas were invited to respond to a questionnaire and participate in an interview about home literacy practices in their respective families. The data obtained indicate that generally home literacy practices are not abundant in most family settings. There are also low levels of parental engagement with home literacy activities with their children due to lack of information of its importance, and lack of knowledge, means, and time to set up a rich home literacy environment. However, all the participants were excited about learning more of home literacy practices and suggested that sensitizations on the best practices to augment and enrich home literacy settings be done among all Rwandan families.
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Academic Research Society , 2011. Vol. 3, no 1, 1-11 p.
Home literacy practices, literacy environment, literacy skills, literate behaviour
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-78149OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-78149DiVA: diva2:531509