Date of Award

Spring 2017

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

Teaching, Learning and Educational Studies

First Advisor

Dr. Selena Protacio

Second Advisor

Dr. Susan Piazza

Third Advisor

Dr. Hsiao-Chin Kuo

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access

Abstract

The majority of the current research regarding the home literacies that families employ to help their children become literate are explored through North American family structures. For this reason, there is a lack of knowledge about what Dominican families, a subgroup within the Latino culture, do at home to assist their children in their literacy acquisition in the Dominican Republic. This qualitative research study provides insight as to what literacy practices take place within the Dominican household. I gathered pertinent information from 10 Dominican participants using a semi-structured interview so literacy practices could be revealed. Findings from this research indicate literacy practices include parents participating in the following: (1) helping their children with their homework; (2) reading with their children at home; (3) helping their kids practice proper diction with everyday conversation; (4) using singing and music to build language development; and (5) providing access to different modes of technology to support literacy learning. These findings have implications for classrooms in the United States who have students from this cultural group.

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