ERIC Number: ED161004
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Aug
The Response of Sixth-Grade Readers to Selected Children's Literature with Special Reference to Moral Judgment.
Perine, Maxine H.
To examine the relationship between the literary responses and the moral responses of 11-year-old children to selected literary works, a study was conducted involving 28 mature sixth-grade readers. The subjects participated in eight lessons where widely recognized literary works containing moral dilemmas were read. Their responses were given in peer-group interaction. Each lesson plan included five parts: introduction to the work, meaning of terms important for comprehension, purpose for reading the selection, silent reading of the story, and response to the literature. The Purves schema was chosen for analyzing the total response to the literature, and the six Kohlberg stages of moral judgment were used for determining the nature of the moral responses. The findings indicated a relationship between literary responses and moral interpretations. They also showed that the literary responses were within the categories of the Purves schema and the moral responses were within the Kohlberg categories. (FL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Reading Association World Congress on Reading (7th, Hamburg, West Germany, August 1-3, 1978)