Mother-child talk during joint book reading in two social classes in Taiwan: Interaction strategies and information types

Chien-Ju Chang, Cho Chi Huang

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This paper aims to understand mother-child book-reading interactions in different socioeconomic classes in Taiwan. Two groups of 16 mothers and their 3-year-old children, one from upper-middle socioeconomic backgrounds and the other from low-income families, participated in this study. Each dyad was visited at home, and mothers were asked to read a book with their children. Interactions during joint book reading were tape-recorded, transcribed, coded, and analyzed using the Child Data Exchange System. The results showed that mothers from the upper middle class tended to encourage children to narrate the story, ask open-ended questions, and discuss nonimmediate information, while the low-income mothers tended to take book reading as their responsibility and required their children to be attentive. Educational implications and suggestions for further research were discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)387-410
Number of pages24
JournalApplied Psycholinguistics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Feb 2


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Psychology(all)

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