ERIC Number: ED446048
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Apr-28
Learning To Be Good While Becoming Good at Learning.
Osguthorpe, Russell T.; Osguthorpe, Richard D.
This paper recommends an approach to moral education that helps students become better learners while becoming better people. The approach rests on six assumptions: an overarching aim of schooling is to provide students with a moral education; moral education is accomplished through direct instruction; an indirect approach to moral education based on teachers' and learners' individual traits has the most potential for success; there are three individual teacher and student traits central to moral education (purity of intent, sincerity of effort, and openness to inspiration); both learners and teachers have moral obligations related to each of the three traits; and the degree to which teachers and learners fulfill these moral obligations determines the ultimate effectiveness of schooling. Although the assumptions recognize the place of planned curricula and spontaneous instruction in moral education, emphasis is given to the more tacit factors in a classroom: individual traits of teachers and learners. The paper describes a model that shows how the degree to which teachers and learners possess the three individual traits determines the degree to which teaching lifts and learning lasts. Brief examples of moral education in high school classrooms are described pertaining to each sector of the model. (Contains 11 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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