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ERIC Number: ED441252
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Jun-10
Pages: 90
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The Effects of Peer Discussion on Intermediate Students' Level of Comprehension in Written Response.
Wiggins, Joy
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effects of literature circle discussions on students' written responses. Two main research questions guided data collection and analysis: (1) How does literature circle discussion around one book affect the students' written responses according to a comprehension taxonomy? and (2) Do literature circle discussions increase and expand students' level of understanding to elicit a more interpretative, analytical, evaluative, and/or appreciative written response? Data were collected through student pre-surveys, teacher anecdotal records, and evaluation of written response forms. Written responses were analyzed according to an adaptation of several taxonomies. This study provided evidence that literature discussion circles can help increase the complexity of students' level of comprehension in their written response. Although limited to five students focusing on one book, this study provides insights into the usefulness and practice of literature circles and written response in an elementary classroom. (Contains 34 references.) (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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