Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Do you do birthday parties?: Caregivers' perceptions of emergent literacy programming in libraries and their motivation for attending
by Clark, Laura K., Ph.D., The Florida State University, 2016, 234; 10193818
Abstract (Summary)

A mixed-method explanatory sequential design utilizing surveys and interviews conducted at three Florida library systems examines caregivers’ perceptions of emergent literacy programming, how these perceptions compare with the National Research Council’s Features for Quality Programs for children, and what is their motivation for attending these programs. The results from the survey and interview reveal that caregivers’ perceptions of emergent literacy programming align with the National Research Council’s Features for Quality Programs. The data shows caregivers’ perceptions are very positive toward emergent literacy programming in terms of learning and the environment. Themes emphasized in the interviews on why caregivers are motivated to attend include socialization, getting out of the house, and free access. The results of these surveys and interviews will inform public libraries as to how to design, market, and deliver emergent literacy programming to caregivers with very young children.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Gross, Melissa
Commitee: Mardis, Marcia, Mon, Lorri, Woods, Juliann
School: The Florida State University
Department: Information
School Location: United States -- Florida
Source: DAI-A 78/06(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Early childhood education, Information science
Keywords: Caregivers, Emergent literacy, Motivation, National research council, Public library programming, Self-determination theory
Publication Number: 10193818
ISBN: 978-1-369-55351-2
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