ERIC Number: ED499015
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
The Content of Our Character Education: It's a Process. Policy Briefs: Education Reform. Volume 2, Number 3
Nicholson, Melba J.
Center for Child and Family Policy, Duke University (NJ1)
While national progress on aspects of academic excellence (the achievement gap, end-of-grade testing, standardized college placement exams, and so on) is a main feature of today's education agenda, character education is never far from commensurate policy attention. Because the notion of character is value-laden, it can be difficult to craft a shared definition. In this policy brief, the author discusses four approaches to character education: (1) permeating core values; (2) direct instruction; (3) character development; and (4) active engagement. Highlighted are current challenges to character education. (Contains 6 endnotes.)
Descriptors: Educational Change, Social Values, Public Policy, Values Education, Citizenship Education, Moral Values, Student Development, Teaching Methods, Student Participation
Center for Child and Family Policy, Duke University. 257 Sanford Institute of Public Policy, Box 90264, Durham, NC 27708-0264. Tel: 919-613-7319; Fax: 919-681-1533; e-mail: email@example.com; Web site: http://www.childandfamilypolicy.duke.edu
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Duke Univ., Durham, NC. Terry Sanford Inst. of Public Policy.