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ERIC Number: ED035620
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966
Pages: 210
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A Study of the Ability of Intermediate-Grade Children to Draw Inferences from Selections of Children's Literature.
Burgdorf, Arlene Bernice
To assess children's ability to draw inferences from selections of children's literature and to measure the significance of various selected factors to this ability was the problem of this study. Children (432) were evenly divided among grades 4, 5, and 6 and randomly divided at each grade level into two equal groups, one of which read the selections to themselves while the other group heard the same selections read aloud. After each story, all children were interviewed individually about the author's purpose, plot development, story setting, characterization, elements of style, realism, reader identification, and value judgments on aspects of the story. Their answers were classified according to perception. Data from records of their fathers' occupations, from intelligence tests, and from vocabulary and comprehension tests were computer-processed to relate total literary scores to other factors. Findings revealed that (1) those who listened to the stories scored higher on drawing inferences, (2) reading scores were significantly related to literary scores only for those who read the selections themselves, (3) mental age and grade level were significantly related to literary scores, and (4) socioeconomic class or sex had little relation to literary scores. (JM)
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Note: Ed.D. Dissertation, Ball State University