ERIC Number: ED332801
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr-4
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The Young Child's Need for Death Education.
Haas, Mary E.
Children are capable of handling the subject of death but the preschooler has more difficulty than others, and requires more time to resolve a loss. A teacher can help by responding in a supportive way. The teacher's difficulty is that a death almost always comes as a surprise which means that the teacher must work through the crisis for herself at the same time that she is trying to help her students. There are at least three plans of action a teacher can take when death occurs: (1) refuse to deal with the event; (2) integrate the topic of death into the curriculum; and (3) respond incidentally to the event and topic of death as they arise. With the latter situation, teachers should have prepared in advance clear objectives and carefully considered intructional strategies. When they teach about death, teachers can provide emotional support for children by listening to their concerns, feelings, and fears about death; by providing correct, factual answers to students' questions about death; and by helping students identify myths and erroneous information on the topic. (17 references) (RH)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, April 3-7, 1991).