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ERIC Number: EJ828865
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Mar
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 33
ISSN: ISSN-0305-7240
Children's Film as an Instrument of Moral Education
Wonderly, Monique
Journal of Moral Education, v38 n1 p1-15 Mar 2009
This paper explores two philosophical treasures that we often neglect: the moral faculties of children and the pedagogic virtues of film. My thesis consists of three primary claims: (1) when properly educated, children are capable of thinking critically about ethical issues; (2) moral edification ought to have the dual aims of developing this capacity and educating the emotions; and (3) given these aims, the children's film genre is a surprisingly apposite tool for aiding the moral instruction of pre-adolescents. I advance arguments for positions (1), (2) and (3), while considering objections to each view. I conclude the paper by illustrating how one film, the 2007 Disney Production, "Bridge to Terabithia", exemplifies the instructional virtues enumerated in (2). (Contains 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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