ERIC Number: ED335661
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Cohesive Harmony in Stories Reconstructed by Emergent Readers.
A study examined emergent readers' reconstructions of familiar storybook texts for evidence of cohesive harmony. The study focused on: the range of cohesive harmony; whether the level of cohesive harmony would reach linguistic significance; and whether patterns within the original text would emerge. Fourteen inner-city kindergartners were interviewed after having heard a story 3-4 times in the week prior to the interview. Results indicated that children's story reconstructions ranged from having no cohesive harmony to a level that approached the original text. Slightly over half of the reconstructed texts reached linguistic significance. Several children seemed to focus on and elaborate upon the patterned segments of the original text. Further study of text types as well as longitudinal research is necessary to increase understanding of the development of cohesive harmony in composition-related tasks among young children. (Four figures are included; 20 references are attached.) (Author/PRA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Spencer Foundation, Chicago, IL.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Cohesive Harmony; Research Suggestions; Retelling
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (72nd, Chicago, IL, April 3-7, 1991).