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ERIC Number: ED319042
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988
Pages: 151
Abstractor: N/A
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The Recurring Author: William Shakespeare, a Case Study through Content Analysis.
Harrison, Robert L., Jr.
The "recurring author" is one whose works appear many times at different levels in instructional units found in literature textbook series. A descriptive case study discussed the treatment of a recurring author, William Shakespeare, using units in a sample of six literature textbook series. Developed to describe, to code, and to analyze the content of the Shakespeare units, a content analysis instrument had a rated content validity of 91% and an interrater reliability of 92%. Using percentages to identify the occurrence of items appearing in Shakespeare units for grades 9, 10, and 12 in the textbook series, contents were described based on these percentages. It was also determined that the content of the Shakespeare units across grades 9, 10, and 12 differed statistically but not substantially in the degree of emphasis placed on four areas of content: biographical information, Shakespeare's works, Shakespeare's theater, and issues related to instruction as measured by the instrument. Findings suggest a need for further research in the areas of recurring authors, teaching Shakespeare, and restructuring of literature series textbooks. (Twelve tables of data are included. Appendixes include state student enrollment figures, the content analysis instrument, and a textbook analysis scoring sheet. A 152-item bibliography is attached.) (Author/SG)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
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Language: English
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