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ERIC Number: ED410211
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Feb
Pages: 16
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Balancing Unity and Diversity; A Pedagogy of the American Creed.
Titus, Dale
This paper reviews relevant literature to glean lessons from past experience with values education in American schools that can be applied effectively in contemporary classrooms. The paper proposes that, through the judicious application of research, effective strategies can be integrated effectively into educational programs to teach tolerance, respect, and appreciation for diversity. Character education was part of the educational program of most American schools in the early the 20th century, though it had disappeared by the 1950s. A revival of character education during the 1960s focused on two morally neutral programs--values clarification and moral reasoning. Research into the effectiveness of both programs indicates that they had some effect on student thinking but not on student behavior. Recent revival of interest in teaching values and character education focuses on core citizenship values from the perspective of both student and teacher. It appears too that character education is more effective at the elementary than at the secondary level and that democratic values are taught through process as much as content. Finally, 13 effective strategies for teaching democratic values are suggested, including: educate the whole person by focusing on student knowledge, behavior, and feelings; communicate clear, consistent, sincere, high expectation for all students; be a good role model through positive personal example; and involve peers, parents, and community. (Contains 29 references.) (ND)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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