Graduate Research Papers


Open Access Graduate Research Paper


Web sites, magazine articles, books, and even summer library programs are promoting graphic novels as an almost magic cure for those children who struggle with the written word or who may be simply lack interest in reading. Much of the appeal of the graphic novel for teachers and librarians is based on the pictures, and it is easy to assume this makes reading easier.

This research sought to explore the graphic novel reading experiences for young readers to ascertain (1) the nature of their understanding of the graphic novel; (2) their tendency to draw inference and interpretation from text and graphic; (3) their reliance on text, graphic, or both in interpreting meaning. Insight into these elements of the reading experience may qualify the appropriateness of recommending these texts to children.

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Master of Arts


Department of Curriculum and Instruction

First Advisor

Jean Donham


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