International Journal of Business and Social Science

ISSN 2219-1933 (Print), 2219-6021 (Online) DOI: 10.30845/ijbss

The Educational Character of Children’s Science Fiction Texts
Concepts Resulting from the Study of Greek Children’s Science Fiction Literature

Papadatos, John; Papantonakis George

In our paper we aim to prove that Greek children’s science fiction includes pedagogical ideas in a frequency more than other Greek texts for children. We write this paper exactly for the reason that Greek children’s science fiction has not been estimated by Greek researchers, though we know that it is due to the fact that Greek children’s science fiction is not systematically cultivated. We also have to note that Greek readership has not yet accept science fiction, and encounter it in reservation as it is conservative. Therefore, the study of Greek children’s science fiction that refers to space travels, from its pedagogical viewpoint prove that the texts of this category of Greek children’s literature may be didactically used, because these texts contain pedagogical ideas which are identified very often and in much more quantities compared with other types of texts. The teacher, choosing the appropriate text for reading or teaching, has the chance to help the children to enrich their vocabulary (special vocabulary), to develop their fantasy which conveys them to fantastic worlds, to realize the value of justice, friendship, solidarity, consistency of the group, cooperation, peace, accuracy, method as well, both loyalty and reliability, to reinforce their self-confidence. Also, very important is the contribution of the illustrated science fiction stories, because they allow to children to develop much more their fantasy.

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