ERIC Number: ED329975
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Teaching Children To Respond Critically/Aesthetically to Picture Books as Literature. Elementary Subjects Center Series No. 34.
In an effort to effect significant change in teachers' knowledge understanding, and choice of instructional strategies for guiding the study of literature as art, a study explored the teaching and learning of critical/aesthetic response to literature among elementary school children. Subjects, 25 first graders and 39 fifth graders, were evaluated for critical/aesthetic responses to specific aspects of picture books as literature through pretest and posttest interviews and classroom observations. Conferences with teachers were also held. Results indicated that, to the extent allowed by such factors as students' maturity, their previous experience with literature, and the particular point in the study, both groups seemed to recognize the basic concepts of picture books as a genre. The first graders' responses suggested that they noticed obvious differences in art styles and techniques used by different illustrators whose books were read to them, as well as the obvious characteristics of modern realistic fiction. The fifth graders made evaluative statements which parallel some specific criteria typically used by literary critics to evaluate picture books as a genre, retellings of folk tales and legends, or literature in general. (Nineteen references are included.) (TD)
Descriptors: Aesthetic Education, Childrens Literature, Critical Reading, Educational Research, Elementary Education, Grade 1, Grade 5, Literary Genres, Literature Appreciation, Picture Books, Reader Response, Teaching Methods
Institute for Research on Teaching, College of Education, Michigan State University, 252 Erickson Hall, East Lansing, MI 48824-1034 ($3.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Center for the Learning and Teaching of Elementary Subjects, East Lansing, MI.