ERIC Number: ED459015
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Teaching Virtues: Building Character across the Curriculum. A Scarecrow Education Book.
Jacobs, Don Trent; Jacobs-Spencer, Jessica
This book about teaching virtues is based on a fundamental American Indian view that sees the universe as intimate relationships of living things that are vitally affected by attributes called universal virtues. These virtues cross all boundaries and cannot be "taught" in isolation. They are woven into all subjects that are worth learning. Part 1 provides psychological perspectives that underpin the book's approach. Part 2 shows how various pedagogical strategies can turn subject matter into significant relationships. Since teaching virtues is ultimately about relationships, a natural way to embed awareness of virtues unfolds when there is a consistent commitment to teaching virtues daily. Chapters introduce the lesson plan format and the conceptual model, explore the meanings of vital terminology, and discuss assessment strategies. Part 3 realizes the actual interconnections between virtues and content knowledge, with chapters that address social studies, language arts, science, physical education, mathematics, and the arts. These chapters show how the process works to truly integrate content and character education. Part 4 offers an opportunity for profound reflection on the issues and challenges surrounding effective character education. (Contains 75 references.) (TD)
Descriptors: American Indian Culture, Citizenship Responsibility, Classroom Environment, Educational Strategies, Elementary Secondary Education, Holistic Approach, Indigenous Knowledge, Interpersonal Relationship, Moral Values, Social Values, Spirituality, Values Education
Scarecrow Education, 15200 NBN Way, P.O. Box 191, Blue Ridge Summit, PA 17214 ($35 plus $4 shipping). Tel: 800-462-6420 (Toll Free).
Publication Type: Books; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
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