Jim Anderson

Jim Anderson
University of British Columbia - Vancouver | UBC · Department of Language and Literacy Education

B.A., B,Ed.,M.Ed., Ph.D.

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July 1990 - present
University of British Columbia - Vancouver
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This chapter traces the evolution of the concept of family literacy since Denny Taylor introduced it in 1983. We describe theoretical frames that inform research and scholarship in family literacies and our interpretation of the research literature. Then, we review “naturalistic” studies of family literacy, including how families take up digital li...
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This paper reports on an analysis of 60 print and online articles collected in a metropolitan area in Canada that describe children’s digital engagement through a focus on ‘early literacy’ or ‘digital literacy’. Findings reveal mixed messages about children’s use of digital technology that create competing frames for adults supporting (or not) youn...
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The purpose of this study, which employed mixed methods, was to document the implementation of a bilingual family literacy program with immigrant and refugee families from four different language groups in five different communities in a metropolitan area of Canada. Results indicated: 1) the program had a significant impact on children’s early lear...
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Educators and researchers consider vocabulary development foundational in young children’s language and literacy learning and for academic achievement; adult-child shared book reading is potentially a rich site for word learning and concept development. In this article, we report on how an immigrant father and his four year old daughter, English La...
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This chapter provides an exploratory analysis of two play-based at-home activities for evidence of two mothers’ capacity to establish, and sustain mathematics as a goal, while addressing each child’s role throughout the event. The pedagogical tasks, Playdoh pizza and Toy cars, shed light on ways in which parent–child activity may unfold in families...
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In this paper, we draw on data from a longitudinal study of mathematics engagement during adult-child joint activity at home. Drawing from across case and within case analysis of 44 videotaped activities, gathered in 6 middle class homes over 2 years, this paper provides evidence of either Instruction or Construction being predominate in each activ...
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The purpose of this article is to reflect on three decades of working in family literacy initiatives in diverse communities. We review the literature on children’s emergent early literacy development and family literacy and describe the conceptual framework, including socio-cultural theory, cultural models of learning and ethnotheories, culturally...
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While research shows diversity across families in terms of the frequency and types of mathematics prior to school, parent-child interactions during “naturally occurring” activities in the home remain understudied. This observational study investigated the types of mathematics that preschoolers engaged in with family members during activities which...
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This book gives insight in the vivid research area of early mathematics learning. The collection of selected papers mirror the research topics presented at the third POEM conference. Thematically, the volume reflects the importance of this relatively new field of research. Structurally, the book tries to guide the reader through a variety of resear...
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In this article, we describe how the funds of knowledge in a community in rural Northern Canada were actualized or leveraged in an early childhood classroom. We draw on a video recording of a First Nations elder demonstrating to the children (and early childhood educators) how to skin a marten, a historical cultural practice of the community. We ar...
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With the publication of her seminal book, Family Literacy, over 3 decades ago, Denny Taylor (1983) generated much interest in the family as a site for young children's literacy development. Researchers have subsequently documented that across social and cultural contexts, families can be potentially rich sites for children's language and literacy d...
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In this article, school division and Ministry of Education–based early childhood consultants and university researchers respond to the question of whether play is at risk in kindergartens in five Canadian provinces by analyzing current and previous kindergarten curricula using Sutton-Smith’s framework of rhetorics of play. We find that play is inte...
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Researchers have documented bilingual family literacy programmes in terms of their structure and programming as well as their effect on children's language and literacy development and parents' ability to support such development within the home. What is missing from the discussion is a description of how facilitators mediate understanding within t...
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This report presents the results of the development of a methodological approach to provide empirical evidence that family literacy programs “work.” The assessment techniques were developed within the action research project Literacy for Life (LFL) that the authors designed and delivered for 12 months, working collaboratively with three different c...
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In this article, we share real-world literacy activities that we designed and implemented in two early literacy classes for preschoolers from two inner-city neighborhoods that were part of an intergenerational family literacy program, Literacy for Life (LFL). The program was informed by research that shows that young children in high literate homes...
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In this study we investigated the frequency and types of questions asked when parents read with their four-year-old children, the relationship between the frequency and types of questions parents and children asked, and the relationship between these and the children's early literacy knowledge. Forty dyads shared two narrative texts and two non-nar...
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Television viewing has been linked to the increasing problem of obesity in young children, as well as to the development of inappropriate eating behaviours, yet the mechanism behind this link remains unclear. This study investigated the messages about food and eating that appear in a sample of preschool children’s television shows and found that no...
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The purpose of this article is to examine developments in the area of family literacy over the last decade. Acknowledging the bifurcation that has occurred in the field of family literacy, as well as changing conceptions of literacy and of families, we review naturalistic studies of literacy embedded and enacted in communities and families across d...
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Using sociocultural learning theories and feminist post structural theories of gender, we explore how a diverse group of parents (n=28) construct their preschool sons and daughters as capable/not capable of doing mathematics. Our study examines the interactions between parents and children while playing an age appropriate board game. Following an a...
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In this article, we document the literacy practices of Genna Johar and her extended family. Genna, a grade 1 student, is a member of a Indo-Canadian joint family in which her parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins, share a household. Family members including siblings and cousins play important roles in supporting Genna's literacy develop...
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The purpose of this study was to (1) compare mother—child interactions in three contexts: shared reading with a book in a traditional print format, with an electronic book in a CD-ROM format, and with an electronic book in a video clip format; (2) compare mother—child interactions with a three-year-old and a seven-year-old; and (3) compare children...
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Parents are encouraged to read to their children, and they frequently engage in shared book reading on the belief that the experience will foster their children's literacy development. In this article, the authors draw on a body of published studies to argue that shared book reading often does not lead to the benefits expected of it. The studies sh...
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The purpose of this study was to examine critically how family literacy is promoted and represented through the images and written texts on Web sites developed by providers of family literacy programs. Naturalistic research over the last 20 years or so demonstrates that the family is a rich site for supporting children's literacy development across...
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In this article, we report a study in which we asked 137 parents and caregivers to evaluate a year-long family literacy program in which they participated. Parents valued the insights they gained about children's learning in general and literacy development in particular. They reported that they learned from each other as well as from the program f...
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This research examined parents' literacy beliefs and their self-reported behaviors of how they help their children learn to read and to write. There were 35 parents of preschool-age children involved in this study. Parents were interviewed about their beliefs and behaviors using the Parents' Perceptions of Literacy Learning Interview Schedule(PPLLI...
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The purpose of this study was to explore how parents and their young children attended to mathematical concepts as they engaged in shared book reading. Thirty-nine parents and their 4-year-old children from a culturally diverse metropolitan area were videotaped as they readMr. McMouse (Lionni, 1992) andSwimmy (Lionni, 1963). Shared reading episodes...
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The purpose of this study was to investigate whether fathers and mothers read differently to their four‐year‐old sons and daughters and to examine the effect of genre on the interactions that occurred in parent‐child, shared book reading. Twenty‐five dyads shared two narrative texts and two non‐narrative texts. Results indicated that overall, fathe...
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The purpose of the study reported in this article was to explore the mathematical discourse in which four dyads engaged while sharing the storybook One Snowy Night (Butterworth, 1989) while at home or in other locations (e.g., day care centers). Each dyad consisted of a mother and her four-year-old child. Various discourse patterns were evident, an...
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Goelman and co-authors review research in early childhood education. The authors provide a brief overview of how historical issues in early childhood education set the stage for contemporary research. Section one reviews research in learning and teaching across the domains of play, art, music, and literacy. In section two, issues of diversity and c...
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On Reading Books to Children: Parents and Teachers brings together in one volume current research on adult book reading to children. The authors, drawn from around the world, are key researchers and eminent scholars from the fields of reading and literacy, child language, speech pathology, and psychology, representing multiple perspectives within t...
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Fifteen children from working-class homes attending two kindergarten classes in one school in a small town in Canada were asked to select their favourite book in October and June to read to a researcher. The storybook re-enactments were tape recorded and transcribed, and then coded according to a developmental scheme developed by Sulzby (1985) and...
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Presents a study in which both fathers and mothers of four year olds were presented with 14 children's books representing various genres and were asked to select the five books they would read to their children. Gives reasons for their selections. Finds that there were some differences between mothers'/fathers' book selection and some differences b...
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Reading picture storybooks to preschool age children has long been a major component of early childhood classrooms and is now commonly recommended to parents. The benefits of this practice are thought to include exposure to rich language experiences, the development of narrative, and the development of book and print‐related concepts. These views h...
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This study compared the development of storybook reading in 15 kindergartners from working class homes to that of kindergartners from middle class homes studied by Sulzby (1985). Nine girls and six boys from two kindergartens in a small, rural town in British Columbia, Canada, participated. Kindergarten teachers used a holistic approach to literacy...
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This study investigated the use of electronic mail as an instructional tool in a graduate reading class where the instructor and students were non‐experts in the use of computer technology. The data set consisted of all of the e‐mail messages sent by the students and the instructor and the daily journals of the instructor and the student co‐author....
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Finds that while both teachers at times were able to provide shared reading experiences that reflected the developmental principles underlying the big books concepts, in both classrooms, practices consistent with a skills/transmission model of literacy acquisition predominated. (RS)
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Documents the perceptions of literacy acquisition held by parents from three different cultural groups (Chinese Canadian, Euro-Canadian, and Indo-Canadian). Suggests that cultural membership is a crucial variable to examine, and that communicating dimensions of literacy programs to parents may be very difficult given the ways in which cultural memb...
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Documents a young girl's emerging knowledge of work place literacy (WPL) through her participation in various literacy events that occurred in her role playing at home between the ages of 3 and 5 yrs. This participant–observer study was based on data collected through artifacts produced and used by the child as she constructed literacy events, fiel...
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This research reports on one area of a larger study in Western Canada examining the literacy activities of families from culturally diverse backgrounds. The research focused on parents’ interactions with preschool children in storybook sharing and children’s emergent reading development as measured by the Test of Early Reading Ability-2 (TERA-2). T...

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