Examining children's comprehension of conventional, wordless, and postmodern picturebooks

dc.contributor.advisorDavis, Dennis
dc.contributor.advisorMartinez, Miriam
dc.contributor.authorWillson, Angeli Marie
dc.contributor.committeeMemberFlores, Belinda B.
dc.contributor.committeeMemberHarmon, Janis
dc.contributor.committeeMemberWoodson, Linda
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dc.description.abstractThis qualitative study examines children's comprehension of conventional, wordless, and postmodern picturebooks. The research question was: How do children construct meaning of conventional, wordless, and postmodern picturebooks? More specific questions were: 1) What are the reading strategies that children use as they make sense of conventional, wordless, and postmodern picturebooks? and 2) How does the type of picturebook appear to influence the children's reading strategies while reading conventional, wordless, and postmodern picturebooks? Data were collected during individual think-alouds, collaborative book talk, and participant interviews at the end of the study. Data were audio- and video- recorded, transcribed, and analyzed following the Constant Comparative Method (Corbin & Strauss, 2008). Findings indicate that children engage in various reading strategies while transacting with texts. This study showed that they analyzed the texts and engaged in making inferences about character traits, feelings, and thoughts majority of the time. These inferences were mostly based on the words and illustrations of the picturebooks. The participants of this study also engaged in other reading strategies categorized as expressive, connective, metacognitive, and social. This study also indicates the potential for integrating wordless and postmodern picturebooks in the classroom. Wordless picturebooks can be used in aiding students to generate inferences, especially about character feelings and thoughts, and hypotheses about the theme of the stories. Postmodern picturebooks offer a myriad of possibilities in the areas of metacognition and author/illustrator craft analysis.
dc.description.departmentInterdisciplinary Learning and Teaching
dc.format.extent172 pages
dc.subjectChildren's literature
dc.subjectConventional picture books
dc.subjectPicture books
dc.subjectPostmodern picture books
dc.subjectReading comprehension
dc.subjectWordless picture books
dc.subject.classificationReading instruction
dc.subject.classificationTeacher education
dc.subject.classificationEducational psychology
dc.subject.classificationInstructional design
dc.titleExamining children's comprehension of conventional, wordless, and postmodern picturebooks
thesis.degree.departmentInterdisciplinary Learning and Teaching
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Texas at San Antonio
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophy


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