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ERIC Number: EJ949418
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 40
ISSN: ISSN-0037-7996
Using "Exceptional" Children's Literature to Promote Character Education in Elementary Social Studies Classrooms
Lintner, Timothy
Social Studies, v102 n5 p200-203 2011
Although a myriad of definitions and interpretations of character education exists, many are premised on core principles and values such as honesty, kindness, generosity, tolerance, freedom, equality, and respect of/for diversity (Bohlin, Farmer, and Ryan 2001; Brooks 2001; Creasy 2008; Lickona 1996). As evidenced through its position paper, National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) (1997 n.p.) specifically defines character education as "civility, open-mindedness, compromise, and toleration of diversity." This article presents ways in which elementary teachers can use children's literature premised on characters with exceptionalities to foster tolerance, understanding, respect, and an appreciation for diversity.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A