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ERIC Number: ED251845
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Pages: 24
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Understanding Literature: Questions to Consider.
Seminoff, Nancy Wiseman; Elliott, Brownlee
Since the questions included in literature anthologies play a key role in the high school English class questioning process, a study examined the questions in four eleventh-grade American literature anthologies. The anthologies met the following criteria: textbooks (1) contained selections organized chronologically, (2) were major compilations in hard cover, (3) were edited by one or more major editors, (4) contained questions in the student edition, and (5) were recognized by their competitors as leaders in the field. Four fiction and four nonfiction selections were randomly selected from each anthology; 8 to 14 poems per anthology were selected. All of the questions that accompanied each selection were classified by levels of meaning (literal, interpretive, or applied), and rated on a five-point scale for clarity, objectivity, structure, and sequence. The analysis revealed that the textbook questions in general were weak in both clarity and structure. In addition, the texts were all weak in sequence. There was also a preponderance of interpretive questions. As was expected, there were significant differences in objectivity among texts and among genres. One text had a significantly lower rating on objectivity than the other three. Questions concerning poetry had a lower rating on objectivity than the genres of fiction and nonfiction. The findings led to the conclusion that textbook editors need to give greater priority to the writing of high quality textbook questions. (HOD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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