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ERIC Number: ED029012
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Oct
Pages: 96
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Reference Count: 0
A Study of Responses of Prospective English Teachers to a Test on Theories of Literary Criticism. Interim Report.
Madsen, Alan L.
This study was designed to (1) determine whether prospective English teachers who had taken a course in literary criticism differed significantly from those who had not, and (2) discover what books on critical theory students had read and whether a relationship existed between number of books read and scores on a literary criticism test. A test was developed to measure students' critical vocabulary and their understanding of the theories of the New Criticism, New-Aristotelianism, and Archetypal Criticism. It was validated by selecting only those items from an experimental form of the test on which a group of specialists agreed. The test was administered to 262 seniors enrolled in English teacher-training programs at 10 Illinois colleges and universities during 1967-68. Results indicated (1) that undergraduate students who had taken a literary criticism course had a greater, more systematic understanding of critical theory than those who did not; (2) that independent reading had little or no effect on test scores; (3) that a majority of the books read dealt with New Criticism; and (4) that undergraduate courses are more effective in imparting an understanding of critical theory than in conveying a critical lexicon. (The test is included.) (LH)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Illinois State-Wide Curriculum Study Center in the Preparation of Secondary English Teachers, Urbana.