Date of Submission
This thesis argues for the power of story and, in particular, the story of The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien to help build optimism and hope. The Hobbit is under-used in primary schools and this thesis demonstrates that it is eminently suitable for children. Without imagination children are vulnerable to sadness and despair. The positive development of imagination through heroic tales is likely to benefit children emotionally and psychologically. The story of The Hobbit can be utilised to develop the concept of the Hero's Journey, a persistent trope in oral and recorded literature and an archetype for virtually all human experience. In addition, the thesis shows that critical thinking skills and multiple intelligences can be developed through the use of The Hobbit.
Doctor of Education (EdD)
Faculty of Education
Carroll, M. (2004). Imagination for better not worse: the hobbitt in the primary classroom (Doctoral thesis, Australian Catholic University). Retrieved from http://researchbank.acu.edu.au/theses/91