ERIC Number: ED146657
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Aug
In General Terms, How Well Does Children's Dramaturgy Reflect the Values Deemed Important by Society?
Hall, Jeanne L.
Before considering the portrayal of values in children's dramaturgy, this paper discusses definitions of values, examines the way in which children learn values and the confusion about values that contemporary children may feel, and reviews books that deal with the role of children's literature in values education. It then identifies five categories of values--group relationships, patterns of family life, cultural contrast, positive self-image, and ethical character--that may be used in analyzing the values content of children's plays, and it discusses numerous children's plays with regard to the values they portray. The paper concludes by noting that, although children have many opportunities to view entertaining drama on television and in films and children's plays, there are grounds for concern about the quality of much of what they are viewing, and there is a need for children's plays that feature entertaining but meaningful plots carrying values without didacticism. (GW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Theatre Association (Chicago, Illinois, August 14-17, 1977)