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ERIC Number: EJ877199
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 27
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 71
ISSN: ISSN-0163-853X
The Development of Poetic Literacy during the School Years
Peskin, Joan
Discourse Processes: A Multidisciplinary Journal, v47 n2 p77-103 2010
There is growing consensus that, for trained readers, poetic-text processing involves a genre decision, which triggers genre-based conventional expectations and directs attention to the textual devices. This research examines how students recognize and process texts in poetic versus prose form at different points during their literary education. The study compared 48 students, 16 in each of Grades 4, 8, and 12 as they thought aloud when reading poems in the graphic shape of poetry, as well as prose. Results showed that the 4th graders did not yet categorize a poem "as" a poem. The 8th graders made significantly more poetic-genre categorizations than the 4th graders, but only the 12th graders spent more time processing the texts in poetic form than prose, thinking aloud about their genre-based expectations and the textual devices. Developing the structure of knowledge needed for poetic literacy seems to require a long process of formal literary education. (Contains 3 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 12; Grade 4; Grade 8; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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