ERIC Number: ED269741
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-May
Reference Count: 0
A Study of the Effectiveness of Literature Instruction Demonstrated in Two Samples of High School Juniors.
Tobin, Ann R.
A study explored differences in attitudes and values that two groups of eleventh graders derived from literature. One group was comprised of 25 students from a basic skills class. The second group of 20 students was selected at random from an American literature class. All of the students were enrolled in a New Jersey urban high school. A pretest was administered to determine the role of literature in each respondent's life. All students were then asked to complete a questionnaire and an interest inventory. Responses were analyzed according to the age, sex, instructional level, and grade attained in the student's last English class. A posttest was then administered to measure growth in an understanding of the role of literature in one's own life and in an appreciation of an author's literary techniques as a result of a teaching unit on literature and literary techniques. Analysis of results indicated a wider variety of interests among the basic skills students than among the American literature students. However, the need to read required course work was listed as the highest priority by both groups. In addition, students reported that they believe literature does have an influence on the formation of attitudes in life. Finally, the posttest revealed that basic skills students showed a greater shift in responses in a positive direction than the American literature students following the literature unit. A bibliography; tables of data of the pretest, posttest, and interest inventory; and a questionnaire are included. (DF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses
Education Level: N/A
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Note: M.A. Thesis, Kean College of New Jersey.