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The Remarkable Abigail: Story-Telling for Character Education

The Remarkable Abigail: Story-Telling for Character Education As character education continues to be an objective of the social studies, the more effec- tive educators have taken up the challenge by first understanding the principles of their disci- pline and opportunities for examining the val- ues of character to be encountered. Strategy then comes to the forefront. Social studies is rediscovering the focus on the actual men and women of history as a major cog in teaching character, a method that John Dewey asserted was once widely used in American schools and is currently utilized successfully in foreign The Remarkable Abigail: Story- schools (Brooks and Goble, 1997). But this focus Telling for Character Education cannot be a matter of simply relating irrelevant facts. Rather, it requires the art of story-telling. Tony R. Sanchez History abounds with stories of the human University of Toledo struggle. When approached from that perspec- tive as opposed to coldly looking at events only, Victoria Stewart a myriad of opportunities are available. University of Toledo Lockwood and Harris (1985) noted that true his- torical stories involving dramatic moments of moral conflict are especially useful in engaging students to reflect upon values. These stories relate individuals making personal decisions involving truth, integrity, honesty, and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The High School Journal University of North Carolina Press

The Remarkable Abigail: Story-Telling for Character Education

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University of North Carolina Press
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Copyright © 2006 The University of North Carolina Press.
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1534-5157

Abstract

As character education continues to be an objective of the social studies, the more effec- tive educators have taken up the challenge by first understanding the principles of their disci- pline and opportunities for examining the val- ues of character to be encountered. Strategy then comes to the forefront. Social studies is rediscovering the focus on the actual men and women of history as a major cog in teaching character, a method that John Dewey asserted was once widely used in American schools and is currently utilized successfully in foreign The Remarkable Abigail: Story- schools (Brooks and Goble, 1997). But this focus Telling for Character Education cannot be a matter of simply relating irrelevant facts. Rather, it requires the art of story-telling. Tony R. Sanchez History abounds with stories of the human University of Toledo struggle. When approached from that perspec- tive as opposed to coldly looking at events only, Victoria Stewart a myriad of opportunities are available. University of Toledo Lockwood and Harris (1985) noted that true his- torical stories involving dramatic moments of moral conflict are especially useful in engaging students to reflect upon values. These stories relate individuals making personal decisions involving truth, integrity, honesty, and

Journal

The High School JournalUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Apr 17, 2006

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