Harvard Educational Review
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    Between Feeling and Fact

    Listening to Children

    Brenda S. Engel
    Brenda Engel believes that parents and teachers can learn a great deal about young children's attitudes and fears about nuclear weapons by closely attending to their behavior. Here she analyzes a discussion that took place in a class of kindergarten through second-graders who were responding to the theme, "If I Were Boss of the World" The children's conversation reveals their attitudes toward war toys and war play as well as their inner distinctions between play and reality. Engel's commentary illuminates the way imaginative invention helps children sort out feelings, not only about war and nuclear weapons but about many aspects of their happiness and security in the world.

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    Fall 1984 Issue

    Abstracts

    An Interview
    Lewis Thomas Discusses the Threat of Nuclear War
    Lewis Thomas
    Resistances to Knowing in the Nuclear Age
    John E. Mack
    Problematic Aspects of Nuclear Education
    Barbara Tizard
    The Role of Education in Preventing Nuclear War
    Eric Markusen and John B. Harris
    Between Feeling and Fact
    Listening to Children
    Brenda S. Engel
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