To examine what kinds of parent–child interactions are elicited by different literacy-related activities, an exploratory study was conducted with 19 mother–child dyads. Although prompting boards are widely incorporated in pre- and primary school curricula, and in various family literacy programmes, scientific knowledge supporting their use is lacking. Within the context of the Dutch family literacy programme ‘Early Education at Home’ [Dutch Youth Institute. (2012). Early education at home.], we compared levels of abstraction in parent–child interactions during prompting boards to an activity that has been researched extensively: shared reading. Our results show that children’s contributions to the interactions are significantly larger during prompting board activities than during shared reading. Utterances of a higher level of abstraction were generally more prevalent during shared reading. However, we also found that mother’s inference making utterances – the highest level of abstraction – were more characteristic of prompting board discussions. Implications for research and practice are discussed.

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Keywords abstract representations, activities, early childhood, family literacy programmes, Parent–child interactions
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Journal Early child development and care
de la Rie, S, van Steensel, R.C.M, van Gelderen, A.J.S, & Severiens, S.E. (2016). The role of type of activity in parent–child interactions within a family literacy programme: comparing prompting boards and shared reading. Early child development and care, 1–17. doi:10.1080/03004430.2016.1248957