ERIC Number: ED380765
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Nov
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Second Grade Children's Storybook Questions and Discussion: A Qualitative Analysis.
Commeyras, Michelle; Heubach, Kathleen M.
A qualitative study analyzed the kind of questions that second graders posed for discussion when the only directive was to ask anything that seemed important or interesting. Subjects, students in a second-grade classroom in Athens, Georgia, represented a cross section of their community. They were approximately equally divided in regard to race, class, and sex. Data consisted of 54 questions and 264 responses across three storybooks. The three-way relationship among question, text, and reader was examined, and the questions were analyzed from the researchers' perspectives as former elementary teachers and current reading teacher educators. Results indicated that: (1) second graders were primarily interested in posing and discussing "author and you" questions (combining information from the book with things they knew that go beyond the book); (2) students did not rely solely in words from the text in formulating their discussion questions of their responses; (3) they did not pose questions and offer answers that were entirely unrelated to the text; (4) variations in questions were best represented by placing different responses to the same question along a continuum representing degrees of text-relatedness versus reader-relatedness; and (5) some of the questions were similar to questions a teacher would ask while others reflected a child's view. (Contains 21 references and a figure illustrating the continuum of question-answer relationships.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Georgia