Early Home Literacy Practices of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation The purpose of the present study is to investigate early literacy experiences for a single tribe of Native American (NA) students, the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation (PBPN). A survey was developed and distributed to primary caretakers of children that attend PBPN's early childhood center inquiring about the frequency they engage ... Article
Article  |   December 21, 2017
Early Home Literacy Practices of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Kelley Nelson-Strouts
    Department of Speech-Language-Hearing, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
  • William Gillispie
    Department of Speech-Language-Hearing, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
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  • Financial: Kelley Nelson-Strouts has no relevant financial interests to disclose. William Gillispie has no relevant financial interests to disclose.
    Financial: Kelley Nelson-Strouts has no relevant financial interests to disclose. William Gillispie has no relevant financial interests to disclose.×
  • Nonfinancial: Kelley Nelson-Strouts has no relevant nonfinancial interests to disclose. William Gillispie has no relevant nonfinancial interests to disclose.
    Nonfinancial: Kelley Nelson-Strouts has no relevant nonfinancial interests to disclose. William Gillispie has no relevant nonfinancial interests to disclose.×
Article Information
Development / Cultural & Linguistic Diversity / School-Based Settings / Normal Language Processing / Part 4
Article   |   December 21, 2017
Early Home Literacy Practices of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, December 2017, Vol. 2, 179-193. doi:10.1044/persp2.SIG1.179
History: Received May 26, 2017 , Revised October 6, 2017 , Accepted October 19, 2017
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, December 2017, Vol. 2, 179-193. doi:10.1044/persp2.SIG1.179
History: Received May 26, 2017; Revised October 6, 2017; Accepted October 19, 2017

The purpose of the present study is to investigate early literacy experiences for a single tribe of Native American (NA) students, the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation (PBPN). A survey was developed and distributed to primary caretakers of children that attend PBPN's early childhood center inquiring about the frequency they engage in certain early literacy practices and the cultural relevance of those practices. As mainstream early literacy often involves dialogic shared book reading and NA culture historically supports oral storytelling, questions about the significance of these practices were especially emphasized. Results suggest not only did most respondents report participating in both practices frequently with their children but also supported that characteristics of mainstream book reading were viewed as culturally appropriate. Clinical implications and directions for future research are discussed.

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