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ERIC Number: ED398535
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Jul
Pages: 79
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Gender Differences in High School Reading Responses.
Pabich, Ruth Derge
A study used Elizabeth Flynn's interpretive strategies to look at high school students' reading responses. Subjects, 30 high school students, 15 males and 15 females (15 freshmen and 15 seniors) were assigned 3 short stories to read and were then asked to write responses to the stories. Results indicated that: (1) males were much more likely to reject or dominate the text if the story was difficult or if the subject of the story was uncomfortable for them or unfamiliar; (2) females seldom reacted to difficult text in the way the males did; (3) females were more often able to arrive at a meaningful interpretation of text; (4) senior females were slightly more apt to use dominance of text than freshman females; and (5) seniors expressed themselves a bit more clearly and wrote more at length than freshmen. Findings suggest that differences between the sexes in reading responses exist. Ongoing research is examining why these differences exist. (Contains 28 references. Appendixes present data and the three short stories.) (RS)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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