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ERIC Number: ED420867
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Pages: 23
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Gettin' Above Their Raisin's: Content Analysis of Literacy Narratives.
Sohn, Katherine K.
This paper discusses the content analysis of literacy narratives written in a college composition course in the Fall, 1996. The students developed their histories during the first weeks of class, using a journal format and sharing results with the class. They then wrote a polished and completed reading and writing autobiography. Using purposive sampling, 24 narratives from 40 collected were chosen to represent six confident and six tentative males and females. Narratives fell into three main thematic categories: the influences of family, pre- and public school, and religion. One discovery was that tentative students had parents who modeled literacy adequately. Another discovery was the pivotal literacy role of grandparents. The centrality of the Bible was a third discovery. In the confident group, about 60% of parents of both males and females had finished high school and about a third finished college. In terms of reading material, more females than males listed the books they have collected. Females kept journals; males did not. Despite their rich literacy histories, these students, especially the tentatives, were concerned with how they would manage college work. Instructors can use literacy narratives to help their students situate themselves in college, the community from which they come, and can look at solutions to problems that emerge from such a study. (Contains 19 references; appendixes contain autobiography prompts and results of the content analysis.) (NKA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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