Parent-Child Dialogic Reading: A Conversation Analytic Case Study


A large body of work has addressed the positive impact of parent-child interactive reading (also referred to as dialogic reading or shared reading) for children’s language and literacy development. What has been lacking in research is how interaction takes place in a parent-child read-aloud. How interaction takes place is the domain of conversation analysis (CA), an approach which studies turn-taking in naturally-occurring conversations for the moment-by-moment organization of interaction as oriented to by the interlocutors. Using a CA lens, this article centers on a focused analysis of a dialogic read-aloud of one picturebook between a mother and her 7-year-old daughter, both of whom are speakers of English as a foreign language. In the stretch of dialogue examined in this article, the discussion is about the title of the picturebook and how it might relate to the cover picture. The analysis highlights the sequential organization of the dialogue, and the findings reveal that knowledge is co-constructed through interaction between the two interlocutors. Most interestingly, the analysis showed that the child is able to playfully resist the mother’s insistence on how to interpret the story portrayed on the cover picture, and also closely monitored the sequential progression of the dialogue as gleaned from her turn design. The study argues for the detailed analysis of parent-child read-aloud interactive practices to come to a better understanding of how dialogues can contribute to the construction of meaning, particularly as children learn about image-text relations as a part of their expanding literacy practices.

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Shin-Ying Huang, National Taiwan University, Taiwan

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Conference: ACEID2022
Stream: Language Development & Literacy

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Huang S. (2022) Parent-Child Dialogic Reading: A Conversation Analytic Case Study ISSN: 2189-101X – The Asian Conference on Education & International Development 2022 Official Conference Proceedings
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