ERIC Number: EJ767268
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Folktales as a Resource in Social Studies: Possibilities and Pitfalls Using Examples from Denmark
Virtue, David C.
Social Studies, v98 n1 p25-27 Jan-Feb 2007
Folktales can be a useful resource in social studies lessons that teach cultural themes by using children's literature. However, with their origins in past oral traditions, folktales may present misleading information about current cultural practices and may perpetuate stereotypes. The author examines this problem by using the example of Danish folktales and offers strategies for determining the cultural relevance of folktales from other countries.
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Stereotypes, Foreign Countries, Cultural Relevance, Oral Tradition, Childrens Literature, Social Studies, Folk Culture
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers - Location: Denmark