Academic journal article Childhood Education

Learning to Care during Storytime in the Current Context: Moral Education from the Perspective of Care Ethics

Academic journal article Childhood Education

Learning to Care during Storytime in the Current Context: Moral Education from the Perspective of Care Ethics

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Learning To Care During Storytime in the Current Context: Moral Education From the Perspective of Care Ethics--Rabin Stories have the potential to transform children's understandings of themselves, and to help them better understand how characters make choices and react in certain ways. By reading or listening to stories, children may re-examine moral norms, beliefs, and culture. In the present study, Rabin examines the research supporting moral education from the standpoint of care ethics. Rabin supports moral education, care ethics, and story with a strong literature review, citing the works of Nel Noddings and John Dewey. She draws on Dewey's work and explains the importance of integrating moral education into the central curriculum.

The context for Rabin's study is a K-8 elementary school in northern California, with the social and economic status of the students being primarily lower and middle class. Rabin used observations, interviews, and surveys to collect her data. She observed the classrooms for eighteen 60-minute periods during storytime, in which the class read and discussed stories, in three classes. She observed one 1st-grade class, one combination 2nd/3rd-grade class, and one 4th- and 5th-grade class. …

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