ERIC Number: ED178900
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Developmental Change in Judging Important and Critical Elements of Stories.
Yussen, Steven R.; And Others
Two experiments were conducted to examine children's understanding (metacognitive awareness) of the parts to a simple story. The following parts were considered essential for comprehending a story: what precipitates the character's action (initiating event), what the character did (action), and what followed the character's action (consequence). Analysis of children's judgments of simple stories revealed that second grade students seldom selected the prescribed sequence, but that fourth, fifth, and sixth grade students and adults did select the sequence under a variety of conditions. Individual differences in recall of the stories also were predictable from older children's (fifth graders) judgments of the stories, but not from younger children's (second graders) judgments. (Author/RL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Research and Development Center for Individualized Schooling.