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ERIC Number: ED499015
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
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.)
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:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Duke Univ., Durham, NC. Terry Sanford Inst. of Public Policy.
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