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ERIC Number: ED477290
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Pages: 53
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-0-87367-694-7
Character Education through Children's Literature. Fastback No. 494.
O'Sullivan, Sheryl
Over the years there have been different terms for the idea of educating for character. Some of these are moral education, moral reasoning, values clarification, and ethics. But the basic idea of using schools to produce people of good character has been around for many generations. This volume explores the importance of including character education in elementary and middle school and using high-quality children's literature to do so. It also discusses specific techniques and thematic sets of books that can be used for integrating character education into the school. It is divided into seven sections: (1) "Introduction"; (2) "What Is Character Education?"; (3) "Why Should Schools Teach Character Education?"; (4) "Why Should We Use Books?"; (5) "How Shall We Teach?" (Choose Good Literature; Move Beyond Literal Understanding; Focus Intentionally on Character Education); (6) "What Books Should Teachers Use?" (Courage; Sacrifice; Compassion; Responsibility); and (7) "Conclusion." (Contains 13 children's book references, 28 teacher resource references, and 5 Web site addresses.) (BT)
Phi Delta Kappa Educational Foundation, P.O. Box 789, Bloomington, IN 47402-0789. Tel: 800-766-1156 (Toll Free); Fax: 812-339-0018; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Phi Delta Kappa Educational Foundation, Bloomington, IN.