ERIC Number: ED077011
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Research Design in the Arts: Suggested Approaches and an Illustration.
Nicol, Elizabeth Anne
Response to literature is the reader's response to the particular function of each element in a work; he is, or becomes, consciously aware of the ways in which aspects of the work interact to form the whole. Thus, response to narrative techniques--setting and exposition, dramatic moments, characterization, point of view, pattern and design, and words and language--is the special focus of the study. After reading two of the six short stories selected, 165 students from advanced high school English classes completed a multiple-choice comprehension test which was developed for each story and which identified and eliminated students who had read the story carelessly or with little understanding. Then, to provide information about response to particular aspects of the stories, each student selected from an inventory of eighteen comments those most like his own responses. The analysis of responses to one short story are presented. Through the method developed for this study, insight was gained into student response to particular stories. Also, this study leads to new possibilities for describing those responses and for facilitating deeper and more articulate reactions to particular literary works. All six inventories are included in the appendix. (TO)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Council of Teachers of English, Urbana, IL. Research Foundation.
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Assn. (New Orleans, February 1973)