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ERIC Number: ED048302
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
Pages: 210
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Preferred Modes of Literary Response: The Characteristics of High School Juniors in Relation to the Consistency of Their Reaction to Three Dissimilar Short Stories.
Cooper, Charles Raymond
This study sought to discover whether high school juniors might have a relatively consistent preferred way of responding to short stories, even when the stories are dissimilar. "Way of responding" included engagement (the reader's report of his involvement with the text), interpretation (the reader's report of the relation of the text to the world he knows), perception (his report of his understanding of the work as an object), and evaluation (the reader's report of his judgment of the work). Tapes of four short stories--dissimilar in point of view, age and type of character, and theme--were heard by 117 high school juniors who then filled out a response sheet, indicating their preferred mode of response. Their consistency was measured, along with the effects of teacher, sex, English grade point average, verbal intelligence, and reading ability. Some of the conclusions reached were that (1) three-fourths of the subjects had a preferred way of responding to short fiction; (2) 53% of those having a preferred way of responding favored the interpretive mode, 24% favored the engaged mode, 19% the evaluative mode, and 4% the perceptive; and (3) even though the stories were selected for their obvious dissimilarities, the overall group pattern of response was strikingly similar. (Author/DD)
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Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, University of California, Berkeley