ERIC Number: ED046926
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1968-May
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Children, Teachers and Literature.
Anderson, William; Groff, Patrick
In this collection of papers, the authors develop a set of premises regarding the need for elementary teachers to be trained in the discipline of literature. Sections discuss (1) the importance of literature in providing children with mythic touchstones by which to conceptualize and order experience, (2) the need to train elementary teachers to discover the meaning of literature for themselves, (3) a non-structural approach to teaching children's literature, which is experience-centered rather than rule-oriented, (4) the seminal contribution to Western literature of fairy tales, exemplified by the images in "Sleeping Beauty," (5) the choice of poems for children and the best methods for teaching poetry in the elementary classroom, (6) a structural approach to children's literature--its sequence, sources, and how to teach it, and (7) a dialogue between Groff and Anderson on the need to provide a solid base for children's later appreciation of and trust in poetry. Appendices include a comparison of the original German with various English translations of a key passage in "Sleeping Beauty" and a list of paperback books for use in college courses on children's literature. (JB)
Descriptors: Childhood Needs, Children, Elementary Education, Elementary School Teachers, English Curriculum, Experience, Induction, Literary Criticism, Literature, Literature Appreciation, Mythology, Poetry, Symbols (Literary), Teacher Education, Teacher Improvement, Teaching Methods
Nebraska Curriculum Development Center, Andrews Hall, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska 68508 ($2.00. Make checks payable to Univ. of Nebraska.)
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Authoring Institution: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Tri-University Project in Elementary Education.