ERIC Number: ED193615
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Five-Year-Olds' Recognition of Authorship by Literary Style. Technical Report No. 181.
Green, Georgia M.; Laff, Margaret O.
An experiment was designed to determine whether kindergarten children could recognize the authorship of a piece of prose by the style of the writing. Specifically, the experiment examined whether, at the age when reading instruction typically begins, children are capable of appreciating stylistic properties of text that are almost universally edited out of instructional materials. Thirteen children were briefly exposed in a naturalistic setting to two works by each of five authors of children's stories. When they listened to tapes of a third work by each of the authors, six of the children were able to correctly identify the authorship of three or more of the five stories. The other seven children identified one or fewer correctly (three of these did not complete the task). The results suggest that at least some five-year-old children have the ability to appreciate and discriminate among the literary styles available in trade publications intended for their age group. (Author/FL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: 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.