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ERIC Number: ED380813
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Nov-18
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
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Evaluation of Interpretation of Text: Putting the Emphasis on the Student.
Kang, Hee-Won
When reading educators encounter a student's interpretation of a text that is different than that which an author may have intended, they have to determine if such an interpretation is valid according to their criteria for students. Much of this rests with educators' conceptions of the reading process and the role of the reader in the interpretation of a text. If educators recognize the role that students' background knowledge plays in the interpretation of a text and the potential for valid interpretations that may differ from that of the author, then through what criteria do educators evaluate and judge students' interpretations? The main criterion will be a student's ability to produce textual evidence in support of his or her interpretation. A. Collins, J. S. Brown, K. M. Larkin, L. M. Phillips and Kang offer various models of thinking through which students may critically examine their own interpretations. That such processes occur is particularly crucial in the case of young students whose life experiences are limited and in the case of foreign students whose different cultural experiences may lead them to misinterpret texts. In both cases, interpretations should be seen as valid only if there is information in the text that is consistent with them. Emphasis should be placed on student justification of his or her interpretation as well as on student awareness of different interpretations that may be valid. (Contains nine references.) (TB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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