ERIC Number: EJ1151697
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
Stories and the Development of Virtue
Willows, Adam M.
Ethics and Education, v12 n3 p337-350 2017
From folk tales to movies, stories possess features which naturally suit them to contribute to the growth of virtue. In this article I show that the fictional exemplars help the learner to grasp the moral importance of internal states and resolves a tension between existing kinds of exemplars discussed by virtue ethicists. Stories also increase the information conveyed by virtue terms and aid the growth of prudence. Stories can provide virtuous exemplars, inform learners as to the nature of the virtues and offer practice in developing situational judgement. As such they are a significant resource for virtue ethics and moral education.
Descriptors: Story Telling, Moral Education, Values Education, Ethical Instruction, Teaching Methods, Imagination, Models
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