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ERIC Number: EJ1155246
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 40
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0270-2711
First and Fourth Grade Boys' and Girls' Preferences for and Perceptions about Narrative and Expository Text
Repaskey, Lisa L.; Schumm, Jeanne; Johnson, Jacqueline
Reading Psychology, v38 n8 p808-847 2017
This investigation focused on elementary-aged (first and fourth grade) children's individual preferences for narrative and expository text and perceptions of what their same-aged peers would like to read. Preferences and perceptions of text were examined through the lenses of social constructivist and engaged reading theories. The overall purpose of this study was to examine elementary students' preferences for and perceptions about narrative and expository text. This study was a systematic replication and extension of Chapman, Filipenko, McTavish, and Shapiro's (2007) research in British Columbia with first graders. Two individually administered book preference (Open and Closed) tasks and interviews were administered to 84 students. Findings revealed gender and grade level profiles in terms of preferences, perceptions, and rationales for their book choices. As expected, both first and fourth grade boys demonstrated a strong preference for expository text, however, the fourth grade boys also showed a growing preference for narrative text as well. In contrast, both first and fourth grade girls demonstrated a strong preference for both narrative and expository text. For both boys and girls, book topic and pictures/illustrations were the two top categories that drew the children's interest and resulted in the most conversations. Results are discussed in light of implications for instruction, assessment, and future research.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 1
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Language: English
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