Open Access Graduate Research Paper
Group reading--Sex differences; Literature--Study and teaching (Elementary)--Sex differences; Book clubs (Discussion groups);
This research study examined the social discourse of literature circles with a focus on gender within a fifth-grade regular education classroom. The researcher examined the nature of social discourse that was held by students and examined whether gender appeared to influence social discourse. The results from this study showed that gender did have an impact on how students responded to literature within discussion groups. Two main gender-related characteristics of the discussions were noted. The first characteristic was that males and females did hold beliefs that paralleled culturally-determined gender roles. These beliefs had an impact on how students responded to literature. The second characteristic was a clear pattern of acts of male dominance and female submission.
Date of Award
Master of Arts in Education
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Rick C. Traw
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©2011 Laurie Hornor
Hornor, Laurie, "Social discourse of literature circles with a focus on gender" (2011). Graduate Research Papers. 181.