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ERIC Number: ED432507
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Feb
Pages: 6
Abstractor: N/A
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Internalizing Character Education Values by Living and Learning within a Caring School Community.
Gibbs, Jeanne
Currently, the question is how the best of human values can be instilled in young people living in the midst of a mobile, media-bombarded, and changing society. Predictably, about every 20 years, the same challenge of teaching values or the virtues of human character is laid at the door of the school. The new "Partnership in Character Education Pilot Projects" awarded to the Departments of Education of 10 states provide the opportunity to design and pilot long-term character education projects. Knowledge from the fields of human development and social psychology enlightens the character education challenge. Human behavior is a product of the interaction of the person with an environment. Children who live in caring families demonstrate more confidence than those living in neglectful homes. Moreover, behavior changes when the environment is changed. Thousands of schools that have been re-culturing their school environments with the caring community process known as the Tribes Learning Community (TLC) indicate outcomes that support using this character education approach. Respect for social and cultural diversity increases, discipline problems decrease, students demonstrate greater participation, cooperation, and kindness. This year the Tribes Learning Community process was recognized by "The President's Initiative on Race, One America in the 21st Century" as a "promising practice to build a more just and more united American community, offering opportunity and fairness for all Americans." TLC process components are outlined. Contains 6 references. (BT)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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