The Role of Home-Literacy Environment in Learning to Read Chinese

  • Shu Hua
  • Li Wenling
  • Richard Anderson
  • Ku Yu-Min
  • Yue Xuan


The purpose of this study is to examine the relation between home-literacy environment and Chinese children’s reading development. Information about four parameters of home-literacy environment (literacy resources in the home, parent-child literacy-related activities, children’s literacy-related activities, and parents’ education) was collected by questionnaire. A regression model showed that home-literacy environment contributes significantly to children’s reading proficiency. The results from path analysis further demonstrated that only parent-child literacy-related activities contributed directly to first graders’ performance on reading tests. However, for fourth grade children, the parents’ educational level, parent-child literacy-related activities, and children’s literacy-related activities contributed significantly to children’s reading proficiency.


Family literacy home environment Chinese reading 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shu Hua
    • 1
  • Li Wenling
    • 2
  • Richard Anderson
    • 2
  • Ku Yu-Min
    • 2
  • Yue Xuan
    • 1
  1. 1.Beijing Normal UniversityChina
  2. 2.University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignUSA

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