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Value-Oriented Research Material

Value-Oriented Research Material

The resource materials that could be suggested may consist of certain specific topics, among many others, which have been identified in view of several considerations. These include:

  1. The idea that value-oriented education should be exploratory in character and the teaching-learning materials should provide to the learners a growing experience of exploration.
  2. Powerful inspiration to turn to value-orientation is provided by biographies, autobiographical accounts, personal anecdotes, epistles, short poems, stories of humour, interest, brief passages filled with pregnant meanings, reflective short essays written in well-chiselled language, plays, powerful accounts of historical events, statements of personal experiences of values in actual situations of life, and similar other forms of scientific, philosophical, artistic and literary expression.
    Even a random collection of such material, if presented to students could be very useful and even inspiring.
  3. As we all learn best by experience, personal or historical, it would be advisable to collect what can be called “lessons of history” or “lessons of culture”, and some kind of systematic presentation of these lessons could constitute a useful collection of resource materials.   
  4. As the entire world is moving rapidly towards the synthesis of the East and the West, it seems obvious that our teaching-learning materials should foster gradual familiarisation of students with global themes of themes of universal significance, and materials should bring the students nearer to their own cultural heritage, but also to the highest that is available in the cultural experiences of all parts of the world.
  5. It appears that there are three major powers that uplift human life to higher and higher normative levels, and these powers, if well illustrated through stories or real accounts of life or historical biographies or events, could be effectively conveyed to the learners for their upliftment. These powers are those of illumination, heroism and harmony.
  6. An attempt should be made to select from Indian and World History such examples that could illustrate how these or some of them have a personality or an event and uplifted individuals or groups or even a certain historical epoch and contributed to the upward progress of humankind.
  7. This upliftment could be one or many fields of human culture, physical, vital intellectual, ethical, aesthetic or spiritual. Thus the selected resource material could be multisided or even integral, and teachers can make use of this material in the manner and in the context which they need it in specific situations that might obtain or that can be created in respect of their students from day-to-day or from stage-to stage.

In view of the above, it is suggested that the general title of the scenes of resource materials that can be proposed to be prepared could be:

Value-Oriented Research Material

Value-Oriented Research Material

Illumination, Heroism and Harmony

And sub-title could be:

Explorations in Value-Oriented Education

Certain selected topics are listed below:

  1.  Life of Angirasa: Exploration of Life and Discovery of the Truth.
  2. Legend of Shunahashepa: Human Bondage, Liberation and Perfection
  3. Legend of Savitri: Life, Death and Immortality; — Powers of Love and Truth-Consciousness
  4. The Rishi and the Brahmacharin
    Vasishtha and Vishwamitra: The Ideal of Forgiveness
  5. Shakuntala: Beauty in Bloom and Victory over Catastrophe.
  6. Science and Art of Divine Life: The Message of the Ishopanishad
  7. Harishchandra: Tests of the Truth in LIfe
  8. Janaka: Liberated Kinghood
  9. Yajnavalkya: The Militant Yogi
  • Debate with Gargi
  • Dialogue with Maitreyi
  1. Nala and Damayanti: Chequered Experiences of Human Life
  2. Rama: Ideal of Humanhood
  • Virtues of Rama
  • Rama and Sita
  • Rama and Bharat
  • Rama as King
  1. Hanumana – Surrender of Life-Force to the Highest
  2. Krishna in Brindaban: Life of Divine Play
  3. Arjuna: Crisis in the Battlefield of Life
    • The Human Disiciple
  4. Draupadi
  5. Gods and the World: Selected Stories (Eastern and Western)
  6. Alcestis: Savitri of the West     
  7. Perseus the Deliverer
  8. Siege of Troy and Birth of Hellenism
  9. Legends of Odysseus: Adventures of Courage
  10. Search for Utter Transcendence:
    • Life of the Buddha:
    • Buddha as a Student
    • Buddha as a Teacher
    • Buddha as the Greatest Personality of the World History
Value-Oriented Research Material

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  1. Life of Confucius - Instructions and New Awareness
  2. Life of Lao Tse  - Instructions and New Awareness
  3. Mahavira: Universal Love of Life and Peace
  4. Socrates: Courageous Pursuit of Truth
    1. (Apology: the Great Platonic Dialogue)
    2. Crito, the Platonic Dialogue describing Death of Socrates
  5. Socrates: Virtue is Knowledge & Plato:
    1. Learning is Recollection
    2. Knower of Reality
    3. Utopia of Collective Life and Justice
  6. What Did He Really Achieve?
    1. Adventure and Ambition of Alexander the Great
  7. Ashoka: Horror of War and Path of Peace
  8. Augustus: The Great Experiment in Human Unity
  9. Christ: Sermon on the Mount
    1. Crucifixion of Christ
  10. Kalidasa: The Hero and the Nymph
    1. Tapasya of Parvati (Kumarsambhavam)
  11. Vasvadutta
  12. Varahamihira
  13. Achievements of Ancient Indian Science: Charaka, Sushruta, Aryabhatt, Vedic Mathematics, Astronomy and Astrology, Agriculture, Archery, Grammar, Metallurgy, Physics, Chemistry, Biology.
  14. Pursuit of Goodness: Nitishatakam of Bhartrihari
  15. Life and Work of Shankara:
    1. à Brahman is Real, World is a Lie
  16. Prophet Mohammed:
    1. Submission to the Will of the Supreme
  17. Charlemegme
  18. Haroun al Rashid – Viziers of Bassora
  19. A story of Initiation: Sufi Wisdom
  20. Search for Excellence and Perfection: Life and Work of Leonardo da Vinci.
  21. Elizabeth - I
  22. Shakespeare: The Poet of Life-Force
  23. Akbar
  24. Guru Nanak
  25. Communion with Nature: Wordsworth
  26. Rana Pratap
  27. Joan of Arc
  28. Martin Luther
  29. Ecstasy of Divine Love: Life and Work of Sri Chaitanya
  30. Proofs of the Existence of God and of the Human Soul
  31. The Would-Be Gentleman: Life and Work of Moliere
  32. Crusades
  33. Shivaji
  34. Spinoza’s Definitions of Virtues
  35. Holding the Hand of the Pupil: Life and Work of Rousseau
  36. Washington and the American War of Independence
  37. Danton and French Revolution
  38. Catherine of Russia
  39. Napoleon
  40. Kant and the Discovery of the Categorical Imperfection
  41. A Lover of the Children: Life and Work of Pestolozzi
  42. An Illumined Teacher and a Brilliant Pupil
    1. Have you seen God?
    2. Life and Work of Sri Ramakrishna and Swami Vivekananda
  43. Discovery of the Child
    1. Life and Work of Montessori
  44. Piercing the Veils of Darkness: Sullivan and Helen Keller
  45. Queen of Jhansi
  46. Industrial Revolution
  47. Scientific Discoveries of Matter, Life and Mind
  48. Life and Work of Rabindra Nath Tagore
    1. The Parrot’s Training
    2. Post Office
    3. Stories from Lipika
  49. Lenin and the Russian Revolution
  50. Rimbeau
  51. Selections of Olivier
  52. The Little Prince
  53. Magister Ludi
  54. Jonathan Livingstone Seagull: An Allegory
  55. A Few Litters from a Father to a Daughter:
    1. Life’s Philosophy
  56. The World as I see it.
  57. A Freeman’s Worship
    1. What the Educator Needs and What His Pupils should Acquire?
  58. Teacher-Student Relationship
  59. War and Peace: The issue of our Age
    Man and Superman: The Issue of our Age
    Science and Spirituality: The Issue of our Age
    Can Human Nature be changed? The Issue of our Age  
  60. A Message to Parents, Teachers and Pupils
    1. Ascent to the Truth
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