Early Childhood Education Journal

, Volume 30, Issue 1, pp 15–20 | Cite as

To Tell a Tale: The Use of Moral Dilemmas to Increase Empathy in the Elementary School Child

  • Richard L. Upright


Empathy, the ability to care about others, is a learned process and can be successfully modeled in the elementary classroom. Although there are various methods available for improving empathy and other aspects of moral development, one recommended strategy is the use of moral dilemmas and role-play. This strategy involves (a) the use of formal and informal observations, (b) informal interviews, (c) the choosing of appropriate stories, (d) various presentation methods, (e) large and small group discussions, and (f) closing techniques such as creative writing samples.

empathy moral growth moral dilemmas moral development story techniques storytelling role-play decision making 


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