The same but different: Making meaning from modified texts with cross-cultural themes.
Reader response theory provides the framework for the present study that explored literary elements and cultural responses of fifth-grade students to two modified versions of a cross-cultural text, Homesick: My Own Story by Jean Fritz. One group of students read the first chapter of the book and another group read a modified basal reader version that had deleted cultural information. Group discussions of the texts were videotaped and transcribed. Through constant comparative analysis of field notes and transcripts, two themes emerged: (a) personal interest and connections to stories and (b) cultural implications and misinterpretations.
International Journal of Multicultural Education
Leung, C. B., Bennett, S. V., & Gunn, A. A. (2017). The same but different: Making meaning from modified texts with cross-cultural themes. International Journal of Multicultural Education,19(2), 82-99. doi: 10.18251/ijme.v19i2.1277
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