ERIC Number: ED505086
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007
CEP's Eleven Principles of Effective Character Education
Lickona, Tom; Schaps, Eric; Lewis, Catherine
Character Education Partnership
There is no single script for effective character education, but there are some important basic principles. This document presents eleven principles that schools and other groups can use to plan a character education effort and to evaluate available character education programs: (1) Promotes core ethical values and supportive performance values as the foundation of good character; (2) Defines "character" comprehensively to include thinking, feeling, and behavior; (3) Uses a comprehensive, intentional, and proactive approach to character development; (4) Creates a caring school community; (5) Provides students with opportunities for moral action; (6) Includes a meaningful and challenging academic curriculum that respects all learners, develops their character, and helps them to succeed; (7) Strives to foster students' self-motivation; (8) Engages the school staff as a learning and moral community that shares responsibility for character education and attempts to adhere to the same core values that guide the education of students; (9) Fosters shared moral leadership and long-range support of the character education initiative; (10) Engages families and community members as partners in the character-building effort; and (11) Assesses the character of the school, the school staff's functioning as character educators, and the extent to which students manifest good character.
Descriptors: Moral Values, Ethics, Values Education, Educational Principles, Curriculum Development, Program Evaluation, Curriculum Evaluation, Caring, Moral Development, School Culture, Guidelines
Character Education Partnership. 1025 Connecticut Avenue NW Suite 1011, Washington, DC 20036. Tel: 202-296-7743; Fax: 202-296-7779; Web site:http://www.character.org/
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: Character Education Partnership, Washington, DC.