ERIC Number: ED177496
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
The Story as Social Environment: Children's Comprehension and Evaluation of Intentions and Consequences. Technical Report No. 142.
Grueneich, Royal; Trabasso, Tom
This review of research involving children's moral judgment of literature indicates that such research has been plagued by serious methodological problems stemming largely from the fact that the stimulus materials used to assess children's comprehension and evaluations have tended to be poorly constructed. It contends that this forces children to deal with stimuli that lack critical categories of information and that fail to clearly specify important connections between such categories. It recommends that investigators should provide detailed descriptions of their stimuli, have standardization of stories across studies, and use extended story grammar analysis. The paper points out that this last technique would provide an explicit analysis of stimuli thereby helping in the construction of materials containing the kinds of information the researcher wishes to depict for subjects, might suggest manipulations of stimulus content that have interesting effects on comprehension or evaluations, and might identify some of the types of information that have important effects upon children's moral judgments that might otherwise be overlooked. (TJ)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Child Health and Human Development (NIH), Bethesda, MD.; National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Urbana. Center for the Study of Reading.; Bolt, Beranek and Newman, Inc., Cambridge, MA.