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ERIC Number: ED429068
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Sep-8
Pages: 19
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Who's Teaching Teachers about Character Education Instruction?
Wakefield, Dara
Research supports the contention that teacher education programs are not teaching character education methods as seriously as they do other subjects. This paper examines the state of character education methods instruction in U.S. teacher education and provides a rationale for the consideration of intentional moral or character education instruction in teacher education. A 1995 study investigated the status of character education methods instruction in U.S. preservice teacher education programs. Heads of education programs at denominational, private, and state colleges and universities in four regions of the country completed surveys to ascertain the presence and conditions of character education methods instruction to preservice teachers. The findings were based upon the responses of 95 institutions, comprising 7 percent of all colleges and universities in the United States with enrollments exceeding 200. Results indicated that respondents tended to support the notion of character education methods instruction, though few reported significant direct instruction to meet that end. The programs appeared satisfied with minimal provisions for preparing teachers adequately. Most of those who indicated they taught character education methods spent less than 1 week in instruction. (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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