Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Education




Dr. R. Heydon

Second Advisor

Dr. R. Stooke


This action research study was conducted to explore how the home literacy experiences of grade one and two students in a high socio-economic community in Ontario can be used by teachers to inform their teaching practices. The study examines how information is collected from parents and students, the types of information that are useful when completing class profiles or making planning decisions, how this information is used by teachers, and ways it can impact on teaching practices and homeschool relationships. The findings of the study suggest that knowing student interests and outside experiences can be used effectively by teachers to complete class profiles, differentiate instruction and engage students in literacy learning at school. The process of collecting the information can help to strengthen home-school relationships.



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