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Title:Literature as Mirror: Analyzing the Oral, Written, and Artistic Responses of Young Mexican -Origin Children to Mexican American -Themed Picture Storybooks
Author(s):Quiroa, Ruth Elizabeth
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Rosalinda B. Barrera
Department / Program:Education
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Education, Elementary
Abstract:Data consisted of oral, written, and artistic responses to the oral readings in Spanish of four focal texts, as well as family interviews. Coding and analysis of students' responses revealed cultural connections across Sipe's (2000) five response categories: analytical, personal, transparent, performative, and intertextual. It was demonstrated that when children found some familiar cultural aspect in the focal books, and were provided a supportive group for sharing ideas, their responses in all modalities included high levels of aesthetic and critical thought as they used their cultural backgrounds and experiences to read/listen to the word (Freire & Macedo, 1993). Children's responses also pointed to several problematic textual areas: unknown vocabulary and sociohistorical concepts, unfamiliar settings, incongruence with protagonists' motivations/experiences, and unrealistic illustrations. Despite the distorted images perceived in some of the texts, the cultural specificity of content and illustrations created a sagittal dimension of space in which children could step into and out of story worlds, and rearrange literary elements from within to create images better reflective of their cultural realities.
Issue Date:2004
Description:264 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2004.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI3153405
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-25
Date Deposited:2004

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