Nurturing Children’s Response to Literature in the Classroom Context

Suggesting that the common classroom practice of literature instruction is antitheoretical and counterproductive, this paper elaborates theories of reading processes, discusses children’s responses to literature, and proposes suggestions for classroom use. The first section of the paper outlines what literature instruction is expected to contribute to children’s learning. The second section of the paper discusses three models of the reading act: reading as transmission, reading as transaction, and hermeneutic reading. The third and fourth sections use notions and insights from the second and third models to describe, analyze, and synthesize children’s response to literature. The final section of the paper discusses principles to facilitate children’s learning: literature instruction should encourage learners to approach a text as an experience to live through; teachers and students should assume the same role–a unique individual literary reader and experiencer; and young learners should be invited to respond to literature with their emotions, personal associations, memories, judgments, and intertextual relations. The paper concludes by suggesting instructional activities that (1) acknowledge that learners’ personal responses are valid; (2) provide learners with a wide variety of literary works; (3) create a non-threatening classroom environment; (4) demonstrate and encourage the use of multiple media for expressing messages; (5) create collaborative classroom climate; (6) meet the expectations of the examination board and help learners get through them; and (7) foster awareness of personal and interpretive-community perspectives and then expose the learners to other perspectives.

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Tercatat dilahirkan pada tanggal 10 Maret 1957 dari pasangan Hj Maemunah dan H. Radi Musthafa (semoga Allah Swt menyayangi mereka berdua), Bachrudin Musthafa sangat betah mempelajari bahasa sejak kecil. Sekolah Dasar (dengan nilai “ujian negara” 100 untuk bahasa Indonesia, dan masing-masing 90 untuk Matematika dan Pengetahuan Umum) sampai Sekolah Menengah Atas diselesaikan di Cirebon, sebelum kemudian hijrah untuk kuliah di IKIP Bandung (1979-1984). Setamat dari prodi Pendidikan Bahasa Inggris FKSS (kini FPBS) di Kampus Bumi Siliwangi Bandung ini, Bachrudin Musthafa bekerja di Technical Assistance Management Unit (TAMU) di bawah Proyek Bank Dunia XI Direktorat Jenderal Pendidikan Tinggi sampai bulan Mei 1990. Bulan Agustus 1990 sampai September 1997 Bachrudin Musthafa menjalani tugas belajar di Amerika Serikat. Program Master diselesaikannya di IUP (Indiana University of Pennsylvania) dengan konsentrasi kepakaran English Rhetoric and Linguistics (1990-1992) dan program doktor dalam bidang Literacy Studies diselesaikannya di The Ohio State University (OSU), Columus, Ohio, USA (1992-1997). Dengan bekal yang dikembangkannya di USA selama tujuah tahun itu, Bachrudin Musthafa selama ini mengajar di prodi Bahasa Inggris jenjang S1, S2, dan S3 dengan spesialisasi dalam Exploring Poetry; Exploring Drama; dan Literary Research (S1); Teaching English to Young Learners; Qualitative Research Methods; dan Qualitative Data Analysis (S2); dan Llanguage Policy & Planning (S3), dan beberapa matakuliah literasi dalam Bahasa Indonesia di program S2 dan S3 Pendidikan Dasar SPs-UPI, Minat keilmuannya berkisar pada literasi dini dan literasi remaja; dan metode penelitian bidang literasi.

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