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ERIC Number: EJ817742
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 63
ISSN: ISSN-0885-985X
The Pedagogical Value of Folk Literature as a Cultural Resource for Social Studies Instruction: An Analysis of Folktales from Denmark
Virtue, David C.; Vogler, Kenneth E.
Journal of Social Studies Research, v32 n1 p28-39 Spr 2008
Social studies teachers commonly use folktales as cultural resources in the classroom because they possess a "mirror quality" (Nelli, 1985) that reflects characteristics of the cultural groups within which they originated. This article reports findings from a content analysis of a sample of twenty two Danish folktales. The folktales were examined to determine the extent to which they mirror three themes that are central to Danish culture: humanitarianism, egalitarianism, and "outward loss, inward gain." While these themes were present in the folktales to some degree, there were also cultural inconsistencies regarding social equity, economic activity, and the status of women. The authors recommend that social studies educators critically examine folk literature and other instructional resources for their pedagogical value before using them in the classroom. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Denmark