ERIC Number: ED189016
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Lipman, Matthew; Smith, Theresa L., Ed.
Mark is the central character in this story designed to help adolescents formulate a philosophy of values. The story is well suited for use in high school social studies courses and/or in philosophy or guidance units. Mark's thoughts and actions are reported as he interacts with his family, friends, acquaintances, and individuals of authority within his school and community. The story line centers on Mark's experiences during high school. Because many of the experiences will be familiar to a wide audience of adolescents, it is hoped that they will be able to relate to them and draw meaningful value lessons from them. The story line centers on Mark's experiences trying to explain missing books to the school librarian, denying vandalism to the police, sharing hopes and problems with his peers, and contributing input to a family decision regarding a move to another city. Issues brought out in these and other adventures include rights of citizens in a democratic society; rights and responsibilities of an individual to family, school, and community; decision-making processes in personal and social contexts; inequality in society; conflicts between people in different strata of society; and gaps between youthful idealism and adult conservatism. (DB)
Descriptors: Adolescent Development, Democratic Values, Discourse Analysis, Fiction, Generation Gap, High School Students, Individual Development, Individual Power, Moral Development, Philosophy, Secondary Education, Self Concept, Social Studies, Social Values, Socialization
Institute for the Advancement of Philosophy for Children, Montclair State College, Upper Montclair, NJ 07043 ($6.00).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Rockefeller Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Montclair State Coll., Upper Montclair, NJ. Inst. for the Advancement of Philosophy for Children.