The development of children's oral narratives across contexts

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Research Findings: Children across cultures begin the process of becoming literate well before they begin formal schooling. The early narratives children share in conversation with others lay the foundation for various academic and nonacademic aspects of school readiness. Practice or Policy: The present review synthesizes the major work conducted on the development of oral narratives among children from diverse sociocultural backgrounds, especially those shared at home, at school, and with peers. Contemporary research is discussed in relation to the socialization practices across cultures and the role these practices might play in shaping children's narrative discourse.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)293-317
Number of pages25
JournalEarly Education and Development
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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