Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Research Archive: Appreciation of Literature

Question: Why do students appreciate stories?

Answer: “Examined effects of structural factors on second, fourth, and sixth grade students’ appreciation of stories. Concluded that overall liking of a story was caused by identification with a story character, suspense and liking of outcomes.” PJ Jose and WL Brewer, 1983), p. 436.

Comment: Makes sense. We throw the word “appreciation” round when we talk about literature. But what does the word “appreciation” mean in practical terms? This is the first time that I have seen the term “appreciation,” as applied to literature, operationally defined. RayS.

Title: “Annotated Bibliography of Research in the Teaching of English.” RK Durst and JD Marshall. Research in the Teaching of English (December 1984), 417-438.

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