This chapter examines the impact of sociocultural factors, including socioeconomic status and race/ethnicity in shaping the early development of literacy in children. It begins by discussing the three indicators of socioeconomic status: parental income, education, and occupational status. Next, it examines the context of poverty and family relations. The nature and sources of racial and ethnic differences in the academic achievement of students are also examined. Finally, the chapter presents a comparison among Asian, Native Hispanic, and American students in terms of academic achievement.
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