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ERIC Number: ED119232
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975
Pages: 32
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Nonverbal Responses of Primary School Students to "The Giving Tree."
Donlan, Dan
In order to discover whether the nonverbal responses to literature of primary grade children--in the form of drawings--provide significant information about their feelings toward literature, this study measured primary children's responses to "The Giving Tree." Ninety children in four grade levels (kindergarten through third grade) listened to the story as it was read to them and then chose three crayons from a total of eight colors to draw whatever came to mind in a five-minute period. A content analysis of drawings indicated colors and settings students "borrowed" from the book and those students used independently. Results showed that children's drawings do give an insight into children's reactions to literature and that age made a difference in children's responses, with younger children responding more to the tree and older children interpreting the story as an account of people's inhumanity toward themselves. (Tables of findings are included.) (JM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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