The Role of Home-Literacy Environment in Learning to Read Chinese

Shu Hua, Li Wenling, Richard Anderson, Ku Yu-min, Yue Xuan

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The purpose of this study is to examine the relation between home-literacy environment and Chinese children’s reading development. Information about four parameters of home-literacy environment (literacy resources in the home, parent-child literacy-related activities, children’s literacy-related activities, and parents’ education) was collected by questionnaire. A regression model showed that home-literacy environment contributes significantly to children’s reading proficiency. The results from path analysis further demonstrated that only parent-child literacy-related activities contributed directly to first graders’ performance on reading tests. However, for fourth grade children, the parents’ educational level, parent-child literacy-related activities, and children’s literacy-related activities contributed significantly to children’s reading proficiency.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationChinese Children’s Reading Acquisition
EditorsLi Wenling, Janet S. Gaffney, Jerome L. Packard
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4615-0859-5
ISBN (Print)978-1-4613-5274-7
StatePublished - 2002


  • family literacy
  • home environment
  • Chinese reading


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