ERIC Number: ED326882
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Aug-13
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Motivations of Young Authors: Why Did Rachel Tell So Many Stories?
Doyle, Charlotte L.
A study used a case-contrast approach to explore children's multiple story-telling motivation. Kindergarten children were invited to dictate stories during free play once a week. The stories were written down in a book-like pamphlet and later, read to the class during story time. Many children chose this activity but one child, Rachel, told many more stories than the others. Various possible motivations were explored by comparing the case of Rachel with those of her peers. Factors examined included verbal skill, the opportunity to express themes of concern, creating pictures of wish-fulfillment, family constellation, interaction with a valued adult, signs of value and status from adults and peers, discomfort with other activities, the fun of creating humor, progress in cognitive development, and pleasure in exploring the medium. One factor evidenced by Rachel that distinguished her from other steady, but less frequent, storytellers was her zest for exploring various storytelling genres. (Author/KEH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Story Telling By Children
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (98th, Boston, MA, August 10-14, 1990). Best available copy.