ERIC Number: ED123191
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Developing Curriculum for Death Education: How Do Children Learn about Death?
Moseley, Patricia A.
In order to help develop curriculum for death education, this paper examines how elementary-age children learn about death. One hundred and twenty-five children responded to a survey which was designed to discover what children believe about death, how much personal contact they have with death, and which experiences or people have most influenced their beliefs about death. Related subordinate questions deal with the relationship of age, sex, and community setting. The findings indicate that children learn about death from both direct and indirect influences. Direct contact, such as the death of someone or something in a meaningful relationship, appears to be related to learning, yet what a child may believe about death in an abstract theoretical way is not always consistent. Nonurban children have more contact with death, while age and sex are related in a generally predictable manner. The school role as discussed by teachers and reported by students is not very influential on death education. Suggestions for a school curriculum in death education are included. (Author/DE)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, California, April 19-20, 1976); Reproduced from best copy available; Some pages may not reproduce clearly due to marginal quality of original