ERIC Number: ED205913
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
A New Point of View on Children's Stories. Reading Education Report No. 25.
Presenting an overview of the theoretical perspective underlying work on text analysis in progress at the Center for the Study of Reading (Champaign-Urbana, Illinois), this report emphasizes the work that group has undertaken on stories for children in grades one through five. The report discusses three factors, drawn from a theoretical model, that plausibly influence involvement of the reader with a story: conflict, inside view, and point of view. The report presents the results of an exploratory coding of a sample of basal reader stories and children's trade books, and then discusses the coding, which revealed a distribution of types of conflict, inside view, and point of view that may increase the distance from the text that a reader feels and may provide inadequate preparation for the full range of stories that a skilled reader is likely to encounter. The report concludes that the characteristics of the texts that children are expected to read may hinder rather than help in the attainment of educational goals. (FL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Urbana. Center for the Study of Reading.; Bolt, Beranek and Newman, Inc., Cambridge, MA.