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Carole Peterson

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I have been studying children's personal narratives, or autobiographical stories about personal experience, for many years. Recently, it has become clear that children's oral narrative skills are related to literacy acquisition. Currently, we are engaged in an intervention program to help parents learn ways in which to foster their children's narrative skills prior to school entry. In addition, I investigate children's eyewitness memory for stressful experiences, specifically injuries serious enough to require hospital emergency room treatment. I and my collaborators have documented surprisingly good memory for such salient and distressing events in even quite young children. We have recently expanded our research interests to include two Newfoundland Mi'kmaq samples, one living on a reserve and one off-reserve.

The language and culture of my heritage is passed on to me orally. it's a different way off learning than how I am taught at school. How do I keep my traditional culture alive while learning to read and being immersed in the majority culture?

Reading is the core of learning and staying in school . improving reading skills with young Aboriginal children can open up the doors to future prospects.

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