ERIC Number: ED160993
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
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The Relative Importance of Four Narrative Factors in the Reading Interests of Male and Female Adolescents in Grades Ten through Twelve.
Yoder, Jan M.
To determine the relative importance of four narrative factors in the reading interests of male and female adolescents, 485 tenth through twelfth graders read 32 synopses of imaginary plots involving adolescents. The four narrative factors are: sex of the protagonist, setting, narration, and portrayal of events. Each of the factors was bipolarized in terms of its manifestations in plots favored by boys and by girls in previous studies. The results indicated that the reading interest of male and female adolescents can be predicted from the four factors. Specifically, the sex of the protagonist tends to influence the reading interest of both males and females; setting was a factor in determining reading interest for males but not for females; there was a pronounced relationship between narration and reading interest for males; and the manner in which events in the story are portrayed is related to reading interest only for older adolescent females. (FL)
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