Mirasol, Topacio report disconnect in urban parents’ beliefs and practices in children’s reading development

Assoc. Prof. Rosalyn G. Mirasol, PhD and Asst. Prof. Katrina Ninfa M. Topacio, MA, faculty researchers of the Department of English, recently published a study in Reading Psychology, where they reported the disconnect between urban parents’ beliefs and practices in children’s reading development.

In the study entitled “Reading perceptions, needs, and practices among parents of an urban poor community in the Philippines,” Mirasol and Topacio surveyed 274 parents of K-1 pupils in an urban poor community in Manila, Philippines.

While the parents “believed that reading is important for their children’s social development, and that they are aware that reading starts at home. However, their needs and practices contradicted their perceptions because reading seemed to be not their priority probably due to the limited access and budget for reading materials.”

The researchers acknowledged the challenge this posed to those in-charge of education in the community, including the teachers, who share in the task of developing literacy.

Mirasol and Topacio are researchers of the UST Research Center for Social Sciences and Education.

Reading Psychology is a Scopus Q1 journal in Taylor & Francis Online. The article can be found here: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/02702711.2021.1939822 

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