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ERIC Number: ED426924
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Mar-13
Pages: 26
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
It's Time for Heroes, Again: Or Were They Ever Gone?
Sanchez, Tony R.
A study examined the concept of the "hero" in a qualitative manner. It aimed to synthesize the subjects' personal definitions of the concept in a "consensus" definition and to compare and contrast stated heroes/heroines across generational lines for notable trends or patterns. Subjects, 80 persons (40 males and 40 females) who ranged in age from 10 to 90 years old were divided into four life span phases based upon their ages and interviewed separately. Each subject was asked to define the term "hero/heroine" and to name any personal heroes/heroines and why they were chosen. The majority of the younger subjects in phase 1 and several of the subjects in phase 2 viewed their heroes in terms of fortune and fame, choosing mostly media and sports figures. The older subjects in phases 3 and 4, with the advantage of being able to look back over two or three life phases, took a far more comprehensive look at their heroes and their definitions. The humanitarian factor consistently appeared as comments forging a norm for their definitions. Many of these older subjects also noted that the school environment had established and nurtured many of the heroes described as "traditional" during the phase 1 years of their lives. Through the promotion of "real" heroes, social studies educators are in a prime position to assist their students in developing an understanding of citizenship and its 21st century responsibilities. (Contains 5 tables of data and 23 references; appended is an alphabetical listing of heroes/heroines by category.) (BT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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