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ERIC Number: ED054164
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
Pages: 112
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A Critical Study of Twenty-Eight Prospective English Teachers' Response to Poetry.
Bishop, Harold Louis
The responses of 28 prospective English teachers to poems from secondary school literature anthologies were evaluated. The prospective teachers were asked to read and comment on four poems which were presented to them without titles, authors, or other information. The commentaries were than subjected to a critical analysis to determine reading problems. In the analyses, each poem is followed by a representative sampling of the responses. Differences in the opinions expressed on the poems are compared; the source of the disagreement is inferred; and an effort is made by the investigator to formulate a response superior to that of the prospective teachers. A major problem is identified in the response to each poem by evaluating the commentaries against two criteria: (1) the degree to which the readers seem to experience and express a response to the poem, and (2) the degree to which the response is related to particular features of the poem. The main reading problems are: unwillingness to grapple, egocentrism, lack of integrity, inability to define relationships, and imprecision. The specific problems encountered in the poems are: inability to relate prosody to the poem's meaning, confusion of response to the author with response to the poem, unwillingness to accept an unfamiliar situation and treatment, and failure to recognize paradox. (CK)
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Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, Indiana University