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To honor the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of Louise M. Rosenblatt's book "Literature as Exploration," this book offers 12 essays that demonstrate the extraordinary influence of Rosenblatt's work on the teaching of literature, on literary theory, and on educational research in all English-speaking countries. Further, it evinces the power of a point of view that embraces both the reader and the literary work while focusing on the transaction between the two. The book contains...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Adolescent Literature, Annotated Bibliographies, Childrens Literature, Educational...
Since the 1950s, literary study has experienced a major paradigm shift. M. H. Abrams' notion that the author, reader, and the signified world are arranged like satellites around a stable text has been succeeded by one that acknowledges the reader to be a central determinant in any "reading" of a text. Five themes related to reader response criticism and its pedagogical applications have emerged lately. First, in the area of how the reader responds to literature, the teacher-researcher...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Childrens Literature, Elementary Secondary Education, Individual Development,...
This collection of abstracts is part of a continuing series providing information on recent doctoral dissertations. The 15 titles deal with a variety of topics, including the following: human sexual information, behaviors, and attitudes in fiction for young people; affective responses of adolescents to a poem; objectives for the junior high literature curriculum; implementation of a Kohlbergian value development curriculum; the relationship between oral readings in sex-role oriented children's...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Adolescent Literature, Adolescents, Affective Behavior, Annotated Bibliographies,...
This paper has 2 parts: (1) an overview of the history and chronology of Chicano literature; and (2) a review of bibliographies of Chicano literature. Chicano literature can be divided into pre-Chicano literature (1535-1959) and contemporary Chicano literature (1959 to the present). Colonial literature is that written between 1542 and the Mexican declaration of independence from Spain in 1810--this literature includes "relaciones," that is, accounts of explorations, histories, dramas,...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Bibliographies, Cultural Context, Higher Education, Literary History, Mexican...
A study compared the literary response and character attribution processes of 40 undergraduate students on the basis of differences in their interpersonal construct repertoire, or "interpersonal cognitive complexity." No studies to date have explored the ways in which cognitive complexity influences readers' overall responses to literature or the "types" of attributions that readers of high and low complexity are likely to make about literary characters. Informants were...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Characterization, Cognitive Processes, Cognitive Structures, Cognitive Style, Higher...
This paper reconsiders the nature of literature as a school subject. Musing on three anomalies that occur when language arts teachers consider their professions about school literature and what occurs in literature classrooms: (1) the anomaly of the text and the textbook; (2) the anomaly of the idolatry of naive readers whose heads have been "stuffed"; and (3) the anomalous role of the writer in literature and writing programs, the paper contends that these anomalies only serve to...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Classroom Environment, Cultural Context, Language Arts, Literature, Multicultural...
The articles collected in this bulletin survey a wide range of topics concerning adolescent literature. Some of the titles included are "Seven Myths about Adolescent Literature" (Paul B. Janeczko), "The Book as Enemy" (Thomas Weaver), "Popular Non-Fiction Titles for Adolescents" (Noma Russell), "Values and Paperback Power" (Nel Ward), "An Approach to Sex Roles in Secondary Literature" (Dianne Bettis), and "An Annotated Bibliography of...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Adolescent Literature, Adolescents, Annotated Bibliographies, Bibliographies,...
An exploratory study used stimulated recall to elicit a retrospective account from two alternative school students who choreographed a dance to depict their understanding of the relationship between the two central characters in a short story. Their account indicates that in composing their text they: (1) initiated their interpretation by empathizing with the characters; (2) represented the characters' relationship through spatial images and configurations; and (3) used the psychological tool...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Characterization, Cultural Context, Dance, Educational Research, Literature...
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In reviewing the ancient, well-worn debate on the relationship between literature and values, it may be seen that the current pedagogical theory of developing response to literature is parallel to the argument for helping students articulate their own values. Two approaches to clarifying values are the values clarification approach (Louis Raths, Merrill Harmon, and Sidney Simon) and the moral development approach (Lawrence Kohlberg). The goal of values clarification activities, in which...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Abstract Reasoning, Cognitive Development, Cognitive Processes, Higher Education,...
Originally developed for the Department of Defense Schools (DoDDS) system, this learning package on reader response theory and related instructional strategies is designed for teachers who wish to upgrade or expand their teaching skills on their own. The package includes a comprehensive search of the ERIC database; a lecture giving an overview on the topic; the full text of several papers on the topic; copies of existing ERIC/RCS publications on the topic; a set of guidelines for completing a...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Classroom Techniques, Content Area Reading, Distance Education, Elementary Secondary...
Literature has long been used as a source for reading materials in English as a first language (L1). In recent years, there has been a growing interest in utilizing literature in second language (L2) classrooms. The present article assumes that using literature in L2 reading can have the same effect as in L1. Integrating literature into L2 learning can create a learning environment that will provide comprehensible input and a low affective filter. Literary texts may be used in both extensive...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Literature, Reading Materials, Second Language Learning, English (Second Language),...