ERIC Number: ED122282
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
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In-Depth Book Discussions of Selected Sixth Graders: Response to Literature.
Wilson, Roy Russel, Jr.
The four major purposes of this study were: to examine and describe the in-depth discussions by selected sixth graders of specific books in an attempt to characterize the nature of the responses; to compare four strategies which were employed for initiating the different discussions; to discover the range of personal involvement which sixth graders may have in literature; and to examine one discussion leader's role. In this study, eight sixth grade children were exposed to five books of different genres followed by a discussion of each book. Seven of the children heard the books read aloud to their class as a daily, continuing experience by the classroom teacher. The eighth child read the books to herself. Personal constructs and contrasts which had particular meaning to the individual were elicited. It was concluded from this study that children need to have frequent opportunity to discuss their reading in a meaningful way; in discussing books with children up to age 12, emphasis should be placed on the content and theme of a book rather than literary analysis; interest in reading appears to be self-generating; and children with little interest in books appear to gain more from in-depth discussions. (Author/TS)
Descriptors: Childhood Interests, Childrens Literature, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Doctoral Dissertations, Elementary Education, English Instruction, Literary Genres, Reading Habits, Reading Instruction, Reading Interests
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, The Ohio State University