Folklore: As Perceived by English Majors as Compared to Non-English Majors at Utah State University

Nikki Christensen, Joyce Kinkead, Humanities, Utah State University, Old Main Hill Logan, Utah 84322

Not much known about folklore in a modern society; there are many possible reasons for this. For one, there are many definitions of folklore, and each of them are accepted and reliable. However, they seem to fight with and contradict each other. This is because folklore is such a broad and all-encompassing field of study. Because of this, it can be hard to pin down all of the aspects included under the umbrella of folklore into a one-two sentence definition. These characteristics of folklore lend to the reason folklore can be so hard to understand. Even students who have taken a folklore class, sometimes don’t leave with a proper understanding of the field. 

A Qualtrics survey was used (in accordance with IRB standards) to test the knowledge of students at Utah State University. The students were split into two groups, English majors and non-English majors, to see there was a possible correlation/difference between them regarding their folkloric knowledge. The survey asked a variety of questions that listed both correct and incorrect examples of folklore. Participants were asked to choose all correct examples from the list. Results from this survey were analyzed and the findings of this study suggested that English majors have a better understand of folklore than non-English majors; however, their understanding was significantly less than expected.

Additional Abstract Information

Presenter: Nikki Christensen

Institution: Utah State University

Type: Poster

Subject: English & Literature

Status: Approved

Time and Location

Session: Poster 6
Date/Time: Tue 2:00pm-3:00pm
Session Number: 4634