Presentation Details

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The Eleventh International Literacy and Education Research Network Conference on Learning

Infants’ Phonemic Awareness and Family Literacy in Greece

May Kokkidou, Konstantinos Dinas, Helen Tsakiridou, Argyris Kyridis.


The issue of the correlation between infants’ language or communicational skills and their social background, is of great interest. The continuous enrichment of children experiences allows them to develop a strong connection between oral and written language. A lot of researches, published both in English and in French, have shown off that the level of family literacy is strongly correlated to the development of children language skills. The aim of the research is to investigate the level of phonemic awareness of Greek infants, aged 4-6 years old, growing in different family environments. It is focused on the correlation of the level of the family ’s literacy (use of P/C, frequency of newspapers and books reading, frequency of buying books – both for children and adults, teaching letter sounds and letters to children) and the infants’ scores in tests concerning phonological skills. The results showed off that the level of the family literacy is significantly differentiated to the phonological skills of the children.

Presenters

May Kokkidou  (Greece)
researcher
Department of Primary Education of Florina
University of Western Macedonia

May Kokkidou is a Ph.D. student at the Department of Primary Education of Florina, University of Western Macedonia, where she also teaches within the field of Music-Pedagogy. She has been posted as music educator and kindergarten teacher in Primary Education. She obtains a B.Sc. degree from the Preschool Education Academy of Thessaloniki and a B.Sc. from the Department of Preschool Education, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. She also obtains a M.Sc. Degree on the field of Language- History and Culture from the Department of Primary Education of Florina, University of Western Macedonia. She has degrees in Classical Guitar, Higher Harmonic Theory, Counterpoint and Band Orchestration. She is a member of ISME, OMEP, EEME and of artistic - pedagogical groups. She is author of several articles and books on pedagogy.


Konstantinos Dinas  (Greece)

Department of Primary Education
University of Western Macedonia

Kostas Dinas is currently an Assistant Professor of Linguistics and Greek Language Teaching in the Department of Preschool Education of the University of Westren Macedonia in Greece. He holds a BSc and PhD from the Faculty of Philosophy of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece. His research interests include Greek Language, Greek Language Teaching, with emphasis in the field of IT and the relation between Greek and Balkan languages. He has published several papers in Greek and international scientific journals and he is author of several books in Greek, relatively on Phonological Analysis in Greek Dialects.


Helen Tsakiridou  (Greece)

Department of Primary Education
University of Western Macedonia

Helen Tsakiridou is currently a Lecturer of Applied Statistics and Educational Research in the Department of Primary Education of the University of Western Macedonia in Greece. She holds a BSc and a PhD from the Department of Mathematics of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece. Her research interests include Educational Research in preschool, primary and higher education and she has published several papers in Greek and international scientific journals on these issues.


Argyris Kyridis  (Greece)
Associate Professor of Sociology of Education
Department of Preschool Education at Florina
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Argyris Kyridis has studied Political Science and Sociology at the University of Athens. He has obtained his Ph.D in Political Sociology - Sociology of Education at the same University and an M.Sc. in Politics and Sociology at Birkbeck College, University of London. He is currently an Associate Professor at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, where he teaches Sociology of Education, Research Methodology and Educational Policy. He has published several papers in Greek and European scientific journals. He is the writer or co-author of the following books (in Greek): Educational Inequality, School Discipline, Sociology of Preschool Education, Teachers facing ICT, Bibliology (3 Volumes), Inequalities in the Greek Educational System, Language Teaching with the Use of ICT in Preschool Education, The Social and Educational Characteristics of the students of the Faculty of Education at Florina.

Keywords
  • family literacy, phonemic awareness, family environment, phonological skills.



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