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ERIC Number: ED044409
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
Pages: 328
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A Study of Some of the Criteria Actually Used by High School and College Students for Interpreting, Evaluating, and Understanding Poetry, in Relation to Their Educational Implications for Improving Literary Instruction and Re-Examining the Curriculum.
Allen, Jack
Almost 500 students were involved in this study to determine (1) the kinds of criteria used by high school and college students for critical discrimination of poetry, (2) what changes occurred in the used of these criteria as the students progressed in their education, and (3) the relationship of the study results to the improvement of literary instruction or the re-examination of the curriculum. Student written responses to selected poems formed an important part of the study, while closed and open-ended questionnaires were also used. Results showed an increasing use and sophisticated awareness of the criteria for critical discrimination as students progressed in education, though improvement was not uniform for the various grade levels. Students at all levels were found to use the "meaning" of the poem as the central focus in evaluation and interpretation with the use of other criteria almost inconsequential. (Author/JMC)
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Note: Ed.D. Dissertation, State University of New York at Buffalo