Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Engaging the whole mind: Transmediation between pictures and print construction of reading/writing understanding by ten African American second grade students in response to art, read-alouds, and small group experiences
by James, Nancy Ellen, Ph.D., University of South Carolina, 2011, 259; 3488372
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this study was to investigate the ways second grade children signaled the meanings they made from pictures and print and to identify ways they signaled new meanings when transmediations between these two semiotic systems took place. The study was a mixed methods study using qualitative methods in a case study format for the first three questions, supported by a quantitative component for the fourth question. The researcher was also the teacher, teaching and collecting data from ten second grade, African American students in an after-school bookmaking program. The ten participants were selected because they all made very low reading scores on standardized tests. Observations, video and audio recordings, memos, artifacts, interviews, surveys and standardized test scores served as data collection vehicles.

American public schools were founded on Western European written rhetoric. Because of the importance of reading, writing, math and science, a verbal mode of teaching dominates, placing great value on left-brained thinking. Unfortunately, verbocentric pedagogy is not meeting the needs of our constantly changing culture. Oral rhetoric from indigenous cultures such as American Indians, or minorities such as African Americans are based in the arts; dance, music, storytelling, and visual art of all kinds. These are right-brained functions. They are also the natural and preferred methods of communication for young children of all cultures. This study will enable the reader to reflect on their beliefs about engaging the whole mind, placing verbal and visual semiotics on an equal, parallel and complimentary plane.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: DeFord, Diane E.
Commitee: Heid, Karen, Jewett, Pamela, Oglan, Victoria
School: University of South Carolina
Department: Language & Literacy
School Location: United States -- South Carolina
Source: DAI-A 73/04, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Art education, Language arts, African American Studies, Black studies, Elementary education
Keywords: African-American, Drawing, Picturebooks, Read-alouds, Semiotics, Small group, The whole mind, Transmediation, Writing
Publication Number: 3488372
ISBN: 9781267083159
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