ERIC Number: ED393600
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
Character Education in America's Schools.
Akin, Terri; And Others
Increasingly, schools are faced with the necessity of finding ways to shoulder a greater share of the burden of producing respectful, responsible citizens. Along with traditional academic subjects, schools must teach acceptable standards of conduct and the attitudes and attributes that foster them. This book provides ways to help teachers instill moral values deliberately and directly through the curriculum. Created for grades 1-8, each unit contains 10 or more activities (many implemented through the use of cooperative learning strategies) designed to help build student character. The activities within each unit, which include stories, discussions, and role plays, are arranged in a logical and somewhat developmental sequence, but most can be presented independently. When activities are linked, it is so indicated. Suggested adaptations for younger students are included with many of the activities. Following an introduction and an overview of a process known as the "sharing circle," the book presents seven units of activities that help develop trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, justice and fairness, caring, citizenship, and moral reflection. An annotated bibliography of 65 books with themes that address these values is included. (TJQ)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Cooperative Learning, Elementary Education, Ethical Instruction, Group Activities, Learning Activities, Moral Development, Moral Values, School Role, Service Learning, Student Development, Teacher Role, Values Clarification, Values Education
Innerchoice Publishing, P.O. Box 2476, Spring Valley, CA 91979.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A