The Moral Of The Story

Overview

The problem this project attempts to solve is to develop a workable moral education in light of the clash between religious forms of moral education and U.S. Supreme Court decisions concerning them. The concept of story and storytelling has been suggested as a unifying focus for disparate prescriptions for moral education.

Several recent approaches to moral storytelling have been proposed. The approaches of William Bennett, Nel Noddings, and Herbert Kohl are among those which ...

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Overview

The problem this project attempts to solve is to develop a workable moral education in light of the clash between religious forms of moral education and U.S. Supreme Court decisions concerning them. The concept of story and storytelling has been suggested as a unifying focus for disparate prescriptions for moral education.

Several recent approaches to moral storytelling have been proposed. The approaches of William Bennett, Nel Noddings, and Herbert Kohl are among those which have attempted to combine moral education and storytelling within the last decade. Bennett is identified with other theorists whose primary concern is the moral content of a story. Noddings is identified as a process theorist, whose primary concern is the process of moral storytelling, not the content. Kohl is identified as a reflection theorist, whose approach challenges tradition in the hope of creating a more moral society. Each one of these three approaches attempts to provide a comprehensive program of moral education, but they fall short of that goal. The purpose of this project, then, is to construct a storytelling moral education program that improves upon earlier approaches.

Using the three levels of moral thinking posited by R.M. Hare, a three-level approach to moral storytelling is proposed. The intuitive, critical, and meta-ethical levels of moral thinking that Hare refers to are used to frame a new, three-level, approach to moral storytelling. The three-level approach combines content, process, and reflection into a unified prescription for moral education. Thus, a more comprehensive plan for moral education through storytelling is developed, one that respects traditional forms of moral education while remaining within the parameters set by the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781581120387
  • Publisher: Universal-Publishers.com
  • Publication date: 12/1/1999
  • Pages: 120
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.28 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 4
Abstract 7
Chapter 1 Introduction 11
Introduction 11
Problem Statement 12
Methodology 12
Purpose of the Study 12
Source Literature and the Three Levels of Moral Thinking 13
Exploring Three Approaches 13
The Content Approach 14
The Process Approach 14
The Reflection Approach 16
The Three-Level Approach 17
Preliminary Definitions 18
Moral Behavior 18
Story 18
The Role of Story 19
Organization of the Study 21
Chapter 2 Content and Narrative 22
Introduction 22
Traditional Stories and Moral Education 22
Moral Literacy 23
Stories and Internalized Moral Virtues 26
Stories and Context 29
Stories and Modeling 29
Comments and Criticism 32
Chapter 3 Process and Narrative (Part I) 34
Introduction 34
The Role of Story in Process Theories 34
Values Clarification and Stories 34
Kohlberg and Stories 39
Stories and Moral Development 39
Storytelling and Justice 41
Storytelling as Moral Discussion 41
Storytelling and School Democracy 46
Chapter 4 Process and Narrative (Part II) 46
Introduction 46
Stories Lives Tell 46
Noddings and Stories of Caring 49
Four Forms of Caring Practice and Stories 49
Noddings and Dialogue 50
Expanding Dialogue Beyond Caring 51
Four Types of Dialogic Storytelling 53
Storytelling as instruction 53
Storytelling as conversation 54
Storytelling as debate 55
Storytelling as inquiry 55
Stories of Care and Justice 56
Comments and Criticism 57
Chapter 5 Reflection and Narrative 60
Introduction 60
Traditional Stories Revisited 61
Myths and Mythic Stories 61
Radical Storytelling 64
Stories and Imagination 65
Stories and Passion 67
Life Stories 69
Autobiographical Stories 71
Stories and Vision 72
Comments and Criticism 73
Chapter 6 Moral Thinking and Narrative: the Basics 75
Introduction 75
Bringing the Approaches Together 75
Level I The Intuitive Level 77
Hare's First Level 77
The First Commonalty 77
Basic Values and Moral Storytelling 79
Self-discipline 79
Compassion 80
Responsibility 81
Friendship 82
Work 83
Courage 84
Perseverance 84
Honesty 85
Loyalty 85
Faith 86
Summary 86
Other Elements in Moral Stories 87
Chapter 7 Moral Thinking and Narrative: Beyond the Basics 111 88
Introduction 88
Level II The Critical Level 88
Hare's Second Level 89
Process and Moral Storytelling 89
Discernment 90
Adaptability 91
Level III The Meta-Ethical Level 91
Hare's Third Level 91
Reflection and Moral Storytelling 92
Idealism 93
Balance 94
Creativity 95
Playfulness 96
Stories and the Three Levels of Moral Thinking 97
Chapter 8 Summary and Reflections on Practice 98
Summary 98
Reflections on Practice 102
Restructuring Schools 103
Curriculum Design 103
Teacher Preparation 104
Evaluation 105
Epilogue 106
List of References 107
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