The Efficacy of a Voluntary Summer Book Reading Intervention for Low-Income Latino Children From Language Minority Families

James S. Kim*, Jonathan Guryan

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Abstract

The effects of a voluntary summer reading intervention with and without a parent training component were evaluated with a sample of low-income Latino children from language minority families. During the last month of 4th grade, 370 children were pretested on a measure of reading comprehension and vocabulary and were randomly assigned to (a) a treatment group in which children received 10 self-selected books during summer vacation, (b) a family literacy group in which children received 10 self-selected books and were invited with their parents to attend 3 summer literacy events (2 hr in length), and (c) a control group. Although children in the treatment group and the family literacy group reported reading more books than the control group, there was no significant effect on reading comprehension and vocabulary. Recommendations for improving the efficacy of the intervention are discussed, including efforts to improve the match between reader ability and the readability of texts and the instructional goals of the family literacy events.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)20-31
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Educational Psychology
Volume102
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2010

Keywords

  • family literacy
  • language minority children
  • randomized experiments
  • text readability
  • voluntary summer reading

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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