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ERIC Number: EJ794191
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 18
ISSN: ISSN-1089-5701
"Character" Building: Using Literature to Connect with Youth
Regan, Kelley; Page, Patricia
Reclaiming Children and Youth: The Journal of Strength-based Interventions, v16 n4 p37-43 Win 2008
This article describes a bibliotherapy program where graduate students work with students with emotional and behavioral disabilities. In a teacher preparation program, 20 graduate students observed 16 literature selections and considered how the characters and themes in these novels could help to facilitate the social-emotional learning of "troubled" youth. Applying the literature-based approach when teaching language arts, the graduates were to select a novel to read and then link the literature selection to both academic instruction and social-skill development. The graduates, as pre-service teachers, used "The Circle of Courage Model" (Brendtro, Brokenleg, & Van Bockern, 1990) to provide a context for the social-emotional healing which could potentially be facilitated through bibliotherapy. The interactive assignment and the results from the on-line discussions are presented. Graduates were able to express their understanding of student needs, connect theory to practice, and categorize the novel selections to aid student healing. (Contains 1 figure and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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