Life Lessons Through Storytelling: Children's Exploration of Ethics

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September 2010



Storytelling empowers children to engage in discussions; explore ideasabout power, respect, community, fairness, equality, and justice; and help frametheir understanding of complex ethical issues within a society. In Life Lessonsthrough Storytelling, Donna Eder interviews elementary students and presents theirresponses to stories from different cultures. Using Aesop's fables and Kenyan andNavajo storytelling traditions as models for classroom use, Eder demonstrates thevalue of a cross-cultural approach to teaching through storytelling, while providingdeep insights into the social psychology of learning.


Foreword by Gregory Cajete; Acknowledgments 1. Introduction; 2. Strengthening Community through Storytelling; 3. Drawing on Oral Traditions for a Contemporary Storytelling Event (with Regina Holyan); 4. Of Fables and Children; 5. "The Wolf Really Wasn't Wicked": Ethical Complexities and "Troubled" Students; 6. Rabbit Tales (Tails): Kenyan Stories with Multiple Meanings (with Tiffani Saunders); 7. "It's Hard to Admit, But Sometimes You Get Jealous": Lessons from the Hyena (with Oluwatope Fashola); 8. The Next Stage: Putting It into Practice; 9. Coming Full Circle: Cross-Cultural Lessons Appendix A: A Multimethod Approach to Storytelling; Appendix B: Examples of Focus Group Interview Questions; Appendix C: Editions of Aesop's Fables; Notes; Bibliography; Index


Donna Eder is Professor of Sociology at Indiana University Bloomington. She is author of School Talk: Gender and Adolescent Culture.Regina Holyan is currently a senior staff attorney with the Navajo Nation Department of Justice and was Assistant Professor in the School of Education at Indiana University Bloomington.


Eder (sociology, Indiana Univ., Bloomington), author of 'School Talk: Gender and Adolescent Culture' (CH, Apr'96, 33-4640), devoted a sabbatical to a study of the role of storytelling in the ethical development of children. Based on an examination of two groups of fourth and fifth graders, one in a rural environment and one in an urban environment, Eder and her colleagues examined how stories from the Navaho, Kenyan, and European oral traditions affected the learning of social responsibility and community obligations. There is a chapter that discusses the relevance of oral tradition for contemporary storytelling, authored by Regina Holyan of the Navaho Nation Department of Justice. Another chapter about Kenyan oral tradition, 'Rabbit Tales (Tails)', is coauthored with Tiffani Saunders, and 'Lessons from the Hyena' is coauthored with Oluwatope Fashola.... it is a clear argument for the benefits of multicultural study... -- ChoiceA. W. Petersen, emeritus, Buena Vista University, April 2011--A. W. Petersen, emeritus, Buena Vista University (01/01/2011)
EAN: 9780253222442
ISBN: 0253222443
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: September 2010
Seitenanzahl: 168 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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