ERIC Number: ED159107
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: 0
Character Education: Some Questions and Answers.
Kentucky State Dept. of Education, Frankfort.
The document provides very thorough guidelines for planning, implementing, and evaluating "character education," (or moral/values education, or citizenship education) in elementary and secondary schools. Character education promotes students' positive and realistic self-image, respect for others, and decision-making skills for participation in civic and group affairs. It is required in all Kentucky public schools. Key concepts in contemporary character education include interdisciplinary effort, rational thought process, and student involvement. Four major chapters present detailed and specific discussion of the goals, instructional objectives, student outcomes, and teaching approaches for moral citizenship and values. Another chapter identifies concept categories of values to be taught, and specific "common core" values to be emphasized in each grade from kindergarten through grade 12. Following suggestions for fitting character education into the curriculum and for involving the home and community environments, the guide presents a 100-item checklist for assessing a school's climate for implementing character education programs. Finally, evaluation methods and a resource bibliography are presented. (AV)
Descriptors: Behavioral Objectives, Citizenship, Cognitive Objectives, Curriculum Development, Educational Objectives, Elementary Secondary Education, Humanistic Education, Individual Development, Instructional Design, Interdisciplinary Approach, Moral Development, Moral Values, Process Education, Program Content, Program Development, Program Evaluation, School Community Relationship, Social Studies, Social Values, Teaching Guides, Teaching Methods, Values
Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Kentucky State Dept. of Education, Frankfort.