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Title: Shared storybook reading in the context of home and school literacy practices in Kuwaiti preschools
Author: Al-Refaie, Tagreed Hameed
Awarding Body: University of Nottingham
Current Institution: University of Nottingham
Date of Award: 2013
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This research was designed to explore the practice of shared storybook reading (SSR) within home and preschool contexts in Kuwait. It is significant in that it sought to provide insight into SSR practices within a specific Arabic-Islamic social and cultural context. Research questions aimed to identify the perceptions and views of parents, teachers and children. Case studies were conducted in two state-funded preschools, each of which represented a different regional and sociocultural context: the first study was based in a tribal area, while the second was carried out in an urban location. Qualitative methods were employed and data on the influence of SSR on the language development of preschool children was generated from interviews with teachers, parents and young learners, and from observations of the interaction between teacher and child during shared storybook reading in the classroom; some document analysis was also undertaken to examine the progress of preschool children's language development during the academic year. The findings from the two case studies provide evidence that there is a difference in the practice of SSR between school and home, and that sociocultural influences, as reflected within the urban and tribal regions, should be taken into consideration.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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