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Evaluating Literacy in the Preschool: A Review of Hannon's ORIM Framework


Rita Rigo-Toth and Dr. Christine Ure

Faculty of Education, University of Melbourne

Whilst literacy for preschoolers might be considered a contentious topic, there is much evidence to support the view that young children are showing an awareness of literacy early in life. There is further evidence which suggests that children's interest in literacy can be fostered through regular daily experiences with print. This is usually mediated by adults who use print and demonstrate its uses. Hannon's (1995) ORIM framework identifies four key elements of adult support for children's literacy development during the preschool years. Major emphasis is placed on the continuity or connection between various domains children participate in, namely, the home and preschool environments. This paper will, therefore, present and discuss the ORIM model as a critical tool in establishing, monitoring and evaluating literacy-rich environments for young children. The discussion will be further illuminated by the inclusion of both home and preschool examples of ways in which literacy experiences can be enhanced.
  Presentation Format: 45 min. paper

RMIT, Melbourne, Australia

5-9 July 2000