Author(s)Fathu Rahman, Dr.,M.Hum.
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AbstractThe conclusions of this study are as follows, 1) storytelling is still relevant to entertain and educate children, 2) the implications are that listening to fairy tales can provide children with new knowledge, help them develop logical thinking and encourage them to value and practice honesty, and 3) that the level of interest of children in listening to fairy tales cannot be separated from the methods and strategies of the people who tell stories, and the motivation of children to listen to fairy tales can be strongly determined by their mood. These results show that the role and importance of fairy tales in the current societal context should not be overlooked. Fairy tales can be a source of inspiration. Although we are all surrounded by cyber technology in modern life, the oral tradition of fairy tales is still valued. Awareness of the use of fairy tales as a medium to educate and inculcate moral values to children shows that they are still relevant to the needs of psychological growth of children, and that children's literature has a role to play in education and character building. The results of this research have led to a number of recommendations, in particular for effective strategies and actions to prevent the loss of fairy tales (especially local fairy tales), and to encourage their use in interactive settings through widespread recognition of the important role of children???s literature in education. The use of fairy tales should be promoted to maximise their potential benefits for awakening creativity and communicating moral values to children, both in the home and in other relevant settings. In this way, the implications of the research will benefit current and future generation.
This study explored the function of fairy tales as a means of entertainment and education for children. Fairy tales in children's literature have gradually shifted from an oral storytelling tradition to a mass media product. The role of the mother as the first and foremost teacher of her children is increasingly challenged in modern education. From pre-school age up to junior high school level, a child needs special attention from his or her parents, especially the mother. From the age of three until a child enters primary school, the parents, especially the mother, play a strategic role in fostering various aspects of development language, psychology and character. One way in which this takes place is through storytelling, however unfortunately children's literature in the form of local fairy tales often no longer has a place in the home or the kindergarten. This case study in South Sulawesi, Indonesia explored the causes behind this change. Data were gathered through interviews and questionnaires. A simple statistical method was used to analyse the data. The results show that telling fairy tales to children is still relevant and can help to instil character values in young children.