ERIC Number: ED394145
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Teaching Tales of Virtue: The Effect of Moral Literature on Middle School Students.
Mariano, Lois S.
A study determined if exposing middle school students to stories and poems that show what virtues look like, how they are practiced, how to recognize them, and how they work, would have a significant effect on the degree of assimilation of these virtues expressed by the students. Sixth-grade students (n=23) attending a suburban middle school in Union, New Jersey completed a pretest to determine their thoughts about values. Following the pretest, the students read a unit of moral literature and examined such character traits as honesty, compassion, courage, perseverance, and patriotism. Discussion groups and related writings were integrated with the literature. Upon completion of the unit lessons, students were administered a posttest to determine their knowledge of values and the influence that values have on behavior and beliefs. They were asked to reply "yes" or "no" to questions dealing with values and their impact on behavior. Analysis of the results revealed a significant difference; students' assimilation of virtues was positively affected by reading of moral literature. Additional research needs to be conducted to refine the understanding of the curricular placement, the length of time of response, and the lasting effects of moral literature. (Contains a table of data, 29 references, and related literature. Appended are pretest and posttest scores and a survey sheet.) (Author/TB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: New Jersey (Union); Virtues
Note: M.A. Project, Kean College of New Jersey.