Children's comments on stories : a study of the propositions about evaluating and composing stories advanced by eight and eleven year old children

  • Vaughan Croucher

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


The purpose of this study was to investigate children's
comments on stories. Through a series of interviews the study
sought to elicit comments from six 8 year old and six 11 year
old children on evaluating literature, both their own and
others and on how they compose stories. A classification
system was applied to these comments so as to represent them as
set of propositions, constructs or concerns about evaluating
and composing stories. The system of classification applied
was derived from the children's comments rather than use
pre-determined categories. Propositions for evaluation were
represented as a list of 'traits' and those for composing as a
list of 'facets of the composing process.'
These propositions were then compared and contrasted by age and
mode (evaluation of reading or writing and comments on
composing). This analysis led to the identification of some
common concerns and patterns of response as well as
distinctions according to age and the topic discussed.
Video taped writing episodes were used to investigate the
composing process. The children were asked to comment whilst
writing and this was replayed for them to invite further
comment and explanation. All other interviews were recorded on
audio tape.
Finally consideration is given to further applications of the
analysis and methodology to children's comments.
Date of Award1984
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • University of Canberra

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