ERIC Number: ED031471
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967
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The Effects of Reading a Short Story for a Creative Purpose on Student Attitudes and Writing.
Smith, Richard John
This study investigated two major hypotheses: (1) If capable high school seniors are oriented to the reading of a short story by a pre-assigned, creative writing task, their attitudes toward the story will be more positive than if they are oriented to it by a pre-assigned, noncreative writing task and (2) if those students respond to the creative writing task, their written products will manifest more thinking at the cognitive level of synthesis than if they respond to a noncreative writing task. Twenty, 12th-grade, college-preparatory English classes from two Madison, Wisconsin, schools were randomly assigned to four different treatments. The effect of a pretreatment training program was an ancillary concern. The actual experiment took one 50-minute class period in which students studied the writing task, read a short story, and completed the writing assignment along with an attitudinal inventory relative to the story. It was concluded that the kind of writing task assigned preparatory to students' reading does make a difference in their attitudes toward that story. A significant difference at the .05 level was found in favor of the noncreative writing task variable. On the other hand, it was indicated that a creative writing task assigned prior to the reading of a short story can be effective in stimulating creative thinking about that story. Author/LK
Descriptors: Assignments, Creative Thinking, Creative Writing, English Instruction, High School Students, Short Stories, Student Attitudes, Teaching Methods, Writing (Composition)
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Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, The University of Wisconsin.