Evidence That It Works
Scholars suggest that to act courageously, we must not only believe that we are capable of taking a courageous action, but our values should be aligned with the actions we take.
Furthermore, research suggests that younger children find human stories relatable and can apply the lessons they’ve learned from realistic stories to their own lives. In one study, children who read a story about humans sharing were more generous when given the opportunity to do so, compared to children who read a story about seeds or a story about animals sharing.
Why Does It Matter?
Courage allows individuals to speak up in the face of injustice. This kind of behavior is particularly beneficial in the classroom as it helps to create safe and supportive learning environments.
Some research also indicates that greater courage is related to the use of more effective coping strategies. Thus, encouraging greater courage in students might also help them to navigate challenging situations more effectively and thus facilitate their attainment of personal and academic goals.