2007 Student Research Conference:
20th Annual Student Research Conference

Education

What Happens when Students are Exposed to Poetry Daily?
Julie A. Limbaugh♦
Dr. Wendy Miner, Faculty Mentor

The purpose of this study was to determine how daily exposure to poetry affects freshmen high school students' perceived understanding of poetry along with their attitudes towards poetry. This study occurred over a five-week time frame. Students were given a pre-survey and a post-survey where they were asked to rate their perceived understanding and their attitude towards poetry. In addition, they were asked to read a poem, answer several questions about the poem and write four "poetic" lines on a topic of their choice. Approximately four out of five days a week the class began by hearing and reading one poem followed by a brief discussion. Results showed that students' attitudes increased along with their perceived understanding; however, the increase was not significant. There also appeared to be a positive correlation between students' attitudes and perceived understanding.

Keywords: poetry, daily, exposure, survey, oral, attitude, understanding

Topic(s):English

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 18-2
Location: OP 2121
Time: 10:00 am

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