A phenomenological study of high school students' perceptions of literature


This study attempts to gain a better understanding of student perceptions of high school literature classes. Utilizing a phenomenological approach, the researchers interviewed ten high school seniors at an independent high school in the suburb of a major urban area in order to better understand these perceptions. Students interviewed expressed a general level of enjoyment associated with their typical literature class. Based on previous research and under the guidance of the research questions, two distinct themes also emerged. The first theme addressed a desire for more student choice in terms of the actual readings that are covered in class. The second theme centered on a desire for more student led discussion based on the readings covered in class. Both themes incorporated students taking ownership of their classroom experience.

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Journal for the Liberal Arts and Sciences

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