ERIC Number: ED554552
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 100
Revealing Relationships: First Graders Share Personal Literature
Weih, Timothy G.
Online Submission, SAGE Open v4 n2 p1-13 Apr-Jun 2014
Literature holds the potential to significantly influence the lives of readers, but what is the nature of this influence for very young readers? This study investigated the question: What are the relationships between beginning readers and their personal literature? A first grade class of 18 students individually assembled a collection of personal literature, i.e., literature that they chose to read for their own purposes, and shared their literature during presentations to the class. Data collection included observational field notes, multiple forms of literature, audio recordings, and photographs. The data were analyzed using the constant comparative method. The findings indicated four main outcomes: students' personal literature is a reflection of who they are as a child within a family structure, students' personal literature brings them comfort, students' personal literature is a reflection of their inner desires, and students' personal literature is selected for their entertainment. The theoretical and practical implications of the study are discussed.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 1; Primary Education; Early Childhood Education
Authoring Institution: N/A