A. Research

As part of evidence-based practice, families and practitioners can turn to the best available research to answer questions and help solve practice dilemmas.  In order to provide information on the best available research on a particular practice, CONNECT summarizes an existing research synthesis when available. For this module, CONNECT uses an existing research synthesis that directly addresses the use and effectiveness of dialogic reading with children enrolled in early care and education settings.

Following the instructions on Activity 6.3a, learn about the effectiveness research on dialogic reading in Handout 6.1: Research Summary on Dialogic Reading, a research synthesis prepared by the U.S. Department of Education What Works Clearinghouse.  Also listen as Dr. Christopher Lonigan talks about research on dialogic reading.

In addition to the What Works Clearinghouse report, the National Early Literacy Panel reviewed the research on early language and literacy development for young children birth- age 5 and made recommendations about particular practices that were shown to be most effective with this age group. For more information, read the full report: Developing Early Literacy Report of the National Early Literacy Panel: A Scientific Synthesis of Early Literacy Development and Implications for Intervention.

Video 6.2: Dr. Christopher Lonigan: Research on dialogic reading

Dr. Christopher Lonigan, a professor of psychology at Florida State University, talks about research on dialogic reading. (running time: 2 min. 01 sec.)