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ERIC Number: EJ944211
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 22
ISSN: ISSN-1938-9809
Positive Role Models vs. Bullies: Can They Be Distinguished by Following Articulate Animals into Worlds of Suspended Disbelief?
Miller, Suzanne
Forum on Public Policy Online, v2011 n1 2011
Orally and later in written form, stories have been used to identify and reinforce the values of a culture. The parables of the Bible and the vocalization of articulate animals in Aesop fables continue to be used to teach morals to children. While the majority of existing research investigates the effective use of animals as a tool in character and values education, limited research has been done regarding the benefits of using articulate animals to teach leadership education and to promote the wise selection of leaders. The purpose of this pilot study will be to qualitatively test the theory that students who read and discuss selections from modern fantasy that identify specific articulate animals as role models or bullies will respond differently to questions posed in whole-group discussion. The random selection of middle-school students engaged in followership training will read and discuss the roles of specific animals in selected children's literature. During whole group discussion, responses will be observed and recorded, noting differences to the following two questions: "Are followers responsible for the actions of a leader?" and "Is a bully a leader?" (Contains 25 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools
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Language: English
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