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ERIC Number: ED436780
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Oct
Pages: 15
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The Intersections of Response and Ethnicity: Elementary School Students Respond to Multicultural Children's Literature.
Copenhaver, Jeane F.
This paper describes a study in which a group of young African-American children responded to literature in a multiage primary classroom setting. This naturalistic study sought to: identify the modes of response preferred by the African-American children in this class, examine the content of those responses for evidence of links to ethnicity, and explore how responses were shaped by the ethnic identities of participants in the classroom--including the identities of the teacher and other students. First, the paper briefly reviews the literature on reader response theory as it has been applied to children. Second, it describes the modes of response observed among the children who participated in the study. Next, the paper looks at how the teacher validated and invalidated students' observable responses. Finally, it provides examples of these intersections and discusses the implications for classroom teachers committed to fostering high levels of aesthetic response in children. Contains 26 references. (NKA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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