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ERIC Number: EJ1131583
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0034-0561
Slaying Monsters: Students' Aesthetic Transactions with Gothic Texts
Del Nero, Jennifer Renner
Reading Teacher, v70 n5 p551-560 Mar-Apr 2017
This study employed case study methodology and design research to examine what aesthetic transactions (readers' thoughts, feelings, associations, etc. that arise during a text encounter) students constructed in response to texts in a Gothic studies reading unit created by the author. The study was conducted in a seventh-grade reading classroom. Thematic analysis was used to analyze participant data. The findings revealed that participants constructed myriad aesthetic transactions of meaningful connection and imaginative contrast with the Gothic unit texts. Participants enhanced these transactions and formed new ones as a result of pedagogical practices that also nurtured their construction of aesthetic transactions. As a result of these dynamics, participants gleaned academic, personal, and global understandings. The findings suggest that prioritizing students' construction of aesthetic transactions is critical in order for academic reading to be a meaningful experience that educates the whole person.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 7; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools; Elementary Education; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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