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ERIC Number: ED333340
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Jun
Pages: 92
Abstractor: N/A
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Researching Response to Literature: A Pilot Study.
Labercane, George
A pilot case study addressed how a reader engages aesthetically with text. The main thrust theoretically is from the notion that "there are possible worlds other than the one we inhabit." Four subjects were chosen out of a total of 63 subjects in grades four through six in an elementary school in Western Canada. Out of the four subjects, Bradley was chosen as the key informant for the study. He was interviewed for his views on reading, then read silently and responded to a series of questions. Bradley also read and responded to a number of pieces of his own writing. An examination of Bradley's responses revealed that it is the reader's stance which is crucial in allowing the reader access to the possible world of the text. Stance is reflected in the reader's ability to be tentative and open minded. Stance markers include the reader's use of modal auxiliaries in their talk about possible worlds. Readers' ability to talk eloquently about the journey is a reflection of their sense of involvement. Through their encounters with these "possible worlds," readers transform and are transformed by "the ordinary and conventionally given" world of the text. (Two tables are included nd 35 references are attached.) (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers: Aesthetic Reading; Canada; Reading Theories