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ERIC Number: ED083627
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972
Pages: 230
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The Literary Response Process of College Students While Reading and Discussing Three Poems.
Beach, Richard Waldo
The purpose of this study was to determine (1) the differences between college students' literary responses while reading a poem as measured by a free-association technique and their responses in a group discussion, (2) the effects of completing the free-association assignment with a poem on a subsequent discussion of that poem compared to merely reading the poem, and (3) the effects of each student's theory of literary response, attitude toward the poem or task, and conception of the discussion situation on his responses. Thirty-six upperclass English majors were divided into three groups each of which had a different assignment: a taped free-association of responses to a poem, a written free-association, and merely reading a poem. The groups were rotated to expose them to different assignments using different poems (all were contemporary and similar in length). Following each assignment, each group discussed the same poem. Their responses were coded using a modification of a content analysis system developed by Alan Purves. Conclusions reached included: discussions following the free-association had more interpretation and less digression than discussions without previous preparation, subjects were somewhat consistent in assignment and discussion responses, and definite stages of responses were evident in the discussions. (Author/WR)
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