ERIC Number: ED222423
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
Lipman, Matthew; Smith, Theresa L., Ed.
Students in grades three and four are introduced to the concepts of abstract reasoning, ambiguity, and interpersonal relationships in this philosophic reader. The story involves mystery and myth and works with literary techniques of similie and metaphor. Pixie is introduced as a precocious character who is impatient with other people, a tease, and a mimic. While she lectures to other people she unknowingly makes blunders, yet she possesses a certain degree of self-knowledge and insight. Incidents in the story such as a breakfast-time quarrel focus on family relationships and the difference between right and wrong. The "Pixie" course deals with strengthening the awareness of relationships (logical, social, familial, aesthetic, causal, part-whole, mathematical, etc.) as well as the competence in dealing with such relationships. An attempt to dress in the dark illustrates how perplexing a person's experience can be and how distorted perceptions can become. In the final chapters, four people retell the story that Pixie has told them, introducing students to the difference between individuals who create stories and those who are story tellers. (KC)
Descriptors: Abstract Reasoning, Ambiguity, Concept Teaching, Elementary Education, Ethical Instruction, Figurative Language, Grade 3, Grade 4, Interpersonal Competence, Interpersonal Relationship, Moral Development, Philosophy
First Mountain Foundation, Box 196, Montclair, NJ 07042 ($6.50).
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.
Note: For a related document, see SO 014 315.