ERIC Number: EJ689577
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Once Upon a Time: A Grimm Approach to Character Education
Journal of Social Studies Research, v29 n1 p3-6 Spr 2005
Many school districts have implemented "packaged" programs designed to teach character education. Millions of dollars have been spent on these programs, yet society continues to produce more "characters" than students "with character." This article describes a shift from the "programmatic" mindset to a solution that is not packaged or purchased. The use of children's literature to teach skills throughout the curriculum is a widely accepted practice. Through the years, fairy tales have strengthened the attitudes of readers toward life, toward human relationships, and toward moral standards. The author proposes that these beloved tales could be used as a method of teaching character education.
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Personality, Fairy Tales, Childrens Literature, Values Education, Moral Development, Ethical Instruction
Department of Geography, University of Northern Iowa, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Sabin Hall 1, Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0406. Tel: 319-273-2772; Fax: 319-273-7103.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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