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ERIC Number: ED035628
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968
Pages: 169
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A Study of the Interpretive Processes Employed by Selected Adolescent Readers of Three Short Stories.
Ring, Jerry Ward
The major purposes of this study were to describe the responses of adolescent readers to three short stories; to describe the interpretive processes they employed; to identify their reading and interpreting difficulties; and to discover what relationship existed between the readers' stated awareness of an interpretive process and both the dimensions of their responses and their interpretive processes. The subjects tested were 62 homogeneously-grouped 12th graders (30 boys and 32 girls) selected from college preparatory English classes. The data analyzed were free written responses, structured responses (questions to aid analysis and interpretation), and responses to a questionnaire concerning the subjects' perceptions of their own reading behaviors. The findings of the study implied that adolescents need assistance in (1) broadening the focus of their reading attention and applying a wider range of evaluative criteria, (2) broadening their awareness of the forms of literary expression and the kinds of literary experiences, and (3) responding less egocentrically to literature. The direct teaching of a sound interpretive process is recommended. (Author/DB)
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Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, The Ohio State University