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ERIC Number: EJ1117999
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1081-3004
Seeking a Balance: Discussion Strategies That Foster Reading with Authorial Empathy
Brett, Aidan T.
Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, v60 n3 p295-304 Nov-Dec 2016
This study investigates the extent to which students' use of different discussion strategies fosters a balance between attending to the technical elements of authored texts and responding empathetically. Because small-group discussion is a common approach to literary study, the analysis focuses on two small-group discussions of "Charlie Howard's Descent," Mark Doty's poem about the murder of a young gay man by other young men in his community. The two discussions were parsed into episodes that were scored according to the extent that they displayed balance. Then, each student turn was analyzed in terms of the discussion strategies employed. The analysis suggests that the strategies of searching for meaning, contextualizing, and interpreting contribute to the most balanced readings. Noting author's craft can lead to overly technical readings, although it has the potential to be paired with other strategies to facilitate a more balanced discussion.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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