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Author Pulimeno M., Piscitelli P., Colazzo S.
Title Children’s literature to promote students’ global development and wellbeing
Pulimeno M., Piscitelli P., Colazzo S.; Children’s literature to promote students’ global development and wellbeing ;Health Promotion Perspectives vol:10 issue: 1.0 page:13.0

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Abstract Background: Tales were transmitted from one generation to another, enriching young people with values, beliefs, imagination and creativity. Children’s literature still plays a crucial part in education as it provides knowledge and entertainment, representing a typical example of “edutainment”. In this paper, we carried out a review to examine pedagogic, didactic and psychological/therapeutic dimensions of children’s literature, with the aim of highlighting its role in promoting students’ holistic development and wellbeing. Methods: We have searched for original articles (from 1960s to 2019), by using the following keywords: “fairytales” or “fairy tales” or “folktales” or “fables” AND “education” or “development” or “learning” or “teaching” or “school” or “curriculum” or “classroom” AND “children” or “child” or “kids” or “childhood” AND “health” or “wellbeing”. Results: We found 17 studies concerning pedagogic aspect of children literature, while 21 and 17 studies were selected for didactic and therapeutic dimensions, respectively. From a pedagogic point of view, tales convey basic values useful for children lives. In a didactic perspective, properly chosen storybooks represent a valuable resource for school activities, improving students’ language skills and building up a friendly/respectful classroom environment. Children stories are also used by health professionals for therapeutic purposes (bibliotherapy) to prevent unhealthy habits and addictions, or address psychosomatic disorders. Finally, storybooks and web-based/digital stories can be an effective vehicle for health contents, to encourage the adoption of healthy lifestyles among schoolchildren. Conclusion: Children’s literature and storytelling could be helpful in promoting students’ global development and wellbeing, when included in school curricular activities. © 2020 The Author(s).



Children’s literature to promote students’ global development and wellbeing. From a didactic point of view storybooks can provide children with new information about the world enrich vocabulary and enhance specific language skills nurturing communication between the storyteller and the listeners. Material and Methods A narrative review has been carried out in order to analyze the pedagogic didactic and psychological/therapeutic dimensions of childrens literature highlighting the potential of narrative-based strategies in fostering students global development and wellbeing. In the globalization era characterized by deep socioeconomic changes and collapse of the traditional social tissue the cultural heritage of folktales -easily available both for parental and teachers use - could represent a helpful tool for promoting individual personal growth social cohesion and sustainable development. Bibliotherapy is used in school setting to foster social and emotional growth offering the opportunity to find a deeper understanding of self solutions to personal problems and enhanced self-image.

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