ERIC Number: ED110997
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
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Individual and Group Responses of Fourteen and Fifteen Year Olds to Short Stories, Novels, Poems, and Thematic Apperception Tests: Case Studies Based on Piagetian Genetic Epistemology and Freudian Psychoanalytic Ego Psychology.
Petrosky, Anthony R.
A descriptive profile of adolescent response to literature is presented in this study, which also examines findings in terms of psychoanalytic concepts that relate response to life styles in terms of Piaget's genetic epistemology. There are two primary questions in this investigation: What is the psychological dynamic of response to literature? By what process does individual, subjective response to literature become shared by a group and in this sense become "objective"? The study also identifies and describes the following five variables which interact with each other and influence response to works of literature: stage-specific operations, identity theme, past experience, expectations, and reading ability. The first three carry the most weight. Among the conclusions are the following: the cognitive and affective parameters of any response in any form are determined by the respondent's stage-specific operations and personality; both stage-specific operations and identity theme are individual variables constructed within and with past experiences; response to literature takes a form that is learned; and the learning of a response form is a direct outcome of the expectations a respondent perceives via the questions that are asked. (Author/JM)
Descriptors: Adolescent Literature, Adolescents, Case Studies, Covert Response, Doctoral Dissertations, Literature, Literature Appreciation, Novels, Overt Response, Poetry, Psychological Studies, Reading Interests
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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Note: Ed.D. Dissertation, State University of New York at Buffalo