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ERIC Number: EJ751278
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jan
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1538-6619
The Moral of the Story Is ...: Using Children's Literature in Moral Education
Koc, Kevser; Buzzelli, Cary A.
Young Children, v59 n1 p92-97 Jan 2004
Moral education is the process whereby teachers and other adults support children's growing understanding of right and wrong, their ability to think critically about how their actions affect the well-being of others, and their expression of values such as caring, respect for others, and responsibility. Children's literature is a useful tool for moral education, centering around concepts of fairness, human welfare, and human rights. Sharing children's literature, supplemented by lively classroom discussions about the moral issues in the stories, is an effective strategy for promoting children's moral development (Krogh & Lamme 1985; Clare & Gallimore 1996; Siu-Runyan 1996). Through literature, children can observe other people's lives, experiences, and various versions of moral conflicts and learn to take others' perspectives. They can also recognize moral and ethical dilemmas by observing the behavior of story characters. This article explores how literature affects children's thoughts about moral issues. The authors discuss the stages of moral development and provided suggestions for choosing children's literature, and ideas and questions for leading class discussion of moral dilemmas to promote moral reasoning abilities. (Contains a list of 16 resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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