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ERIC Number: ED422592
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Pages: 31
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Public, Private, and Home School Children's Views of Forgiveness and Retribution in "Cinderella."
Knafle, June D.; Wescott, Alice Legenza
Fifth Graders (N=626) from public, Catholic, Christian, and home schools reacted to values of forgiveness versus retribution in the two main versions of "Cinderella" by choosing which ending they preferred for themselves, for a 4-year old sister, and for a 4-year old brother. Girls preferred the forgiveness ending for themselves (p<.001) and for a sister (p<.01) more than boys did. Variations according to school and region (city, suburbs, rural) were slight, except for home school girls who preferred the forgiveness ending in all choices. Unexpectedly, both boys and girls would read the forgiveness ending to a sister, but tended to read the retribution ending to a brother. Reasons for choices are given as well as comparative data from older participants. For future research, it would be informative to conduct in-depth interviews with children of different ages and genders about values in children's stories. (Contains 4 tables of data and 28 references.) (CR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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