Theses and Dissertations - UTB/UTPA
An Analysis of Narrative Types and An Investigation into The Privileging of Narrative Types on Standardized Testing
Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Dr. Moriah McCracken
Dr. Mark Noe
Dr. Colin Charlton
Research on the narrative writing of males and females shows significant differences between the two, and scores for standardized writing tests consistently demonstrate females outperforming males. Based on this information, it is important to investigate whether there are links between narrative content and this gender gap. In this study, I selected fifty officially scored essays written in response to an eleventh grade English Language Arts Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills exam. Essays were coded for broad and specific narrative types according to categories adapted from research on the writing of males and females. I then determined whether certain narrative types were preferred by readers who scored for this state exam. While I did find significant differences in content based on gender, I did not find a clear privileging of narrative types. Therefore, this study may inspire more research into causes for a gender gap on standardized writing tests.
University of Texas-Pan American
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