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Master of Science (MS)


Communication Studies and Philosophy

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Farrell J. Black


Farrell J. Black


This study investigated different methods of teaching literature to identify those techniques that result in either apathy or motivation. It was found that traditional literature teaching methods do not result in student motivation for increased reading, Instances were cited in which an oral approach to literature teaching was effectively used to achieve the desired results of student motivation, interest, and comprehension. Oral interpretation as a tool for motivation was discussed. Both empirical studies in that field and reading authorities' opinions were examined to discover the unique contributions oral interpretation could offer to literature teaching.

A specific recommendation for a way of using oral interpretation in schools was made, Oral interpretation specialists could be hired on a district or multi-district basis to perform in the literature classroom by appointment from the teacher, This solution would unburden the teacher from the performance responsibility to a great degree.

Reactions of Utah district superintendents and multi-center directors to this recommendation were surveyed and analyzed in percentages. A positive reception to the recommendation was shown by the questionnaires.