ERIC Number: ED117719
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975
The Canon of English School Fiction: A Survey of Novels Currently Recommended to Students in the Secondary Schools of Pennsylvania, 1975.
Rackish, Frank A.
The two primary objectives of this dissertation were to describe the 48 novels taught in English classes in a specific secondary school in Pennsylvania and, through a survey, to determine whether these novels were unique or representative of novels taught in other Pennsylvania schools. The description of each novel includes a critical summary, the edition, the setting, major and minor characters, point of view, a short criticism appropriate to high school English classes, discussion questions, teacher suggestions, and lists of audio, visual, and audiovisual aids and selected critical articles. Survey results from 106 teachers in 43 high schools and from the English teachers and students in the school teaching the novels show that at least 32 of the 48 novels are considered valuable and represent a solid, representative group. The group is conspicuous by the almost total absence of English novels. The survey results also include teachers' judgments concerning the reading and interest levels of the 48 novels; their value for high school students; the weaknesses, strengths, and scope of the list; and suggestions of novels which should be added or excluded. (Author/JM)
Descriptors: Doctoral Dissertations, English Instruction, Fiction, Literary Criticism, Literature Appreciation, Novels, Reading Interests, Secondary Education, State Surveys, Teacher Attitudes
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
Education Level: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania