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ERIC Number: EJ1084674
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0305-4985
Learning and Teaching Virtuous Gratitude
Carr, David; Morgan, Blaire; Gulliford, Liz
Oxford Review of Education, v41 n6 p766-781 2015
Gratitude has been widely regarded by philosophers, psychologists and educational theorists as a personal and/or pro-social response of some moral significance. Indeed, beyond its more obvious value as a basic form of social association and reciprocation, gratitude has also been conceived as a moral virtue--if not, more grandly, as a "parent of the virtues". Insofar, one might also expect the promotion of gratitude to be a matter of some educational importance. Despite this, and notwithstanding recent psychological attempts to develop practical interventions designed to promote gratitude, this paper argues not just that the educational role of such interventions is open to serious question, but also that--beyond any requirement of the young to express thanks as a matter of routine social reciprocation--the status of gratitude as an educable virtue is more complex and problematic than has often been previously supposed.
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Language: English
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