The importance of the executive function of the brain in early literacy development
AbstractSouth African learners struggle with reading regardless of all the interventions and workshops presented to preschool and the foundation phase teachers. Lately, literature emphasises the role of neuropsychology in successful learning and reading but teachers seem to be uninformed about this. The aim of this investigation was to provide a view of the role of the EF in laying the foundation for early literacy and the reading process. Experts from the field of Early Child Development assessed the researchers’ views on the basis of the following research question: Do the suggested early literacy activities contribute to the development of the EF? The authors suggest a number of pre-reading activities and indicated their view of the role of the EF in the activities. The authors’ found that various aspects of the EF play in a role to a greater or lesser extent in mastering the selected activities. An explorative pilot study was done in a qualitative research approach to test the authors’ view of the role of the EF in the selected activities. Although the participants mostly agreed with the authors’ view suggestions by the participants were made to expand the role of the EF in some of the activities. The EF plays an important role in the understanding and completion of preschool activities for mastering of early literacy skills. The authors suggest a change in teachers’ approach to enhance pre-school children’s emergent literacy giving special attention to the development of the EF.
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