Title

The effects of an infant/toddler curriculum on literacy development for multilingual children

Date of Award

2007

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.Ed.

Department

Education

Rights

CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Abstract

The recognition, development, and implementation of appropriate curricula for infants and toddlers has been receiving increased attention recently in education research. As the population of early childcare classrooms becomes increasingly diverse, many factors affecting language development are in need of further investigation in order for educators to better meet the individual needs of the child. This paper examines the implications of a play-based, early childhood curriculum on language development for those children exposed to languages other than English. Through an ethnographic case study approach, this study aims to provide a detailed look at the effects of curricula on language acquisition, while examining literacy development for multilingual children in educare environments. The findings of this study point to relevant suggestions for consideration as to the structural and systemic changes that can be made to facilitate the nurturing and educational goals of the children, educarers, and parents indiverse Canadian educare settings.