Capstone/Dissertation Title

Educating parents of young children on the benefits of informational text to change read aloud habits

Term

2009

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAEd

Abstract

The research question addressed in this project was, How does educating parents of young children on the benefits of informational text impact their read aloud practices? Key influences for designing and implementing the presentation were the expert literature on reading informational text aloud to younger children and educating parents by Duke, Hoyt, Campbell, and Palm and a parent questionnaire. This presentation defined informational text, the text features, and benefits. To support parents reading informational text aloud, methods for choosing quality informational text, strategies to use before, during, and after reading, examples of higher level questions, and a current book, magazine, and website list was shared. The research found, through a follow-up questionnaire being compared to the pre-class questionnaire, that hosting a parent presentation focusing on the benefits of informational text will impact their read aloud practices with young children.

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