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Character

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Character

  1. 1. Moral and Character Education
  2. 2. Moral and Character EducationThree major issues in the education ofyoung people today Identification of what is possible for both self and Vision society; includes the discovery and/or defining of ones life mission and desired lifestyle
  3. 3. Moral and Character EducationThree major issues in the education ofyoung people today Development of the knowledge, values, Competence attitudes, and skills necessary for success in a given society or culture
  4. 4. Moral and Character EducationThree major issues in the education ofyoung people today The moral quality and Character direction of one’s decisions and behavior
  5. 5. Definitions of CharacterThe following two definitions provideexamples of a normative view of character: “engaging in morally relevant conduct or words, or refraining from certain conduct or words”
  6. 6. Definitions of CharacterThe following two definitions provideexamples of a normative view of character: “a complex set of relatively persistent qualities of the individual person, and generally has a positive connotation when used in discussions of moral education”.
  7. 7. Importance of CharacterBoth educators and American public believecharacter education should be an important partof schooling • Educators -- competence in basic skills, feelings of self-worth, and moral development should be priorities in schools (Spears, 1973)
  8. 8. Importance of CharacterBoth educators and American public believecharacter education should be an important partof schooling • Public -- competence in basic skills and instruction in schools that would deal with morals and moral behavior (Gallup, 1980)
  9. 9. Character DevelopmentFour major questions need to be addressed whenfocusing on character development: 1. What is good character? 2. What causes or prevents good character? 3. How can good character be measured ? 4. How can good character best be developed?
  10. 10. Components of Character
  11. 11. Character Development1. What is good character? Personal • honest and truthful • autonomous • responsible • self-management and self-discipline • courageous • integrity
  12. 12. Character Development1. What is good character? Social • sociable • benevolent • compassionate • courteous • trustworthy
  13. 13. Character Development 2. What causes or prevents good character? 1. heredity 2. early childhood experience 3. modeling by important adults & older youth 4. peer influence 5. general physical and social environment 6. communications media 7. content taught in the schools, churches, etc. 8. specific situations and roles.
  14. 14. Character Development3. How can good character be measured ? • Cognitive knowledge • Age appropriate cognitive and moral development • Values expressed • Commitments expressed • Written plans • Personal and social overt behavior
  15. 15. Character Development4. How can good character best be developed? Effective communication and shared values among families, schools, religious organizations, and communities
  16. 16. That’s all for this time

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