ERIC Number: ED216353
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
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An Exploratory Investigation into the Nature of Literary Response.
Zaharias, Jane Ann
A study was conducted (1) to examine the effects of the same reading materials on different individuals and the effects of different reading materials on the same person and (2) to explore whether an individual's preferred pattern of response to a literary selection was related to differences in sex, reading ability, and learning style. Subjects were 166 college students in nine sections of introductory literary courses, who read three poems and three short stories, selected for their diversity in structure, form, and content and then completed a variety of measures designed to determine the status of each with respect to the variables of reading ability, learning style preference, preferred pattern of literary response, and sex. Differences in response were found to be a function of textual variation. No complex relationships were observed among response, sex, reading ability, and learning style preference. The findings also contradicted previous research showing that high school students have a consistent way of responding to the literature they encountered. (FL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers: Literary Response
Note: Research prepared at The Ohio State University.