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ERIC Number: EJ1005084
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 56
ISSN: ISSN-0305-7240
The Meaning of Role Modelling in Moral and Character Education
Sanderse, Wouter
Journal of Moral Education, v42 n1 p28-42 2013
Character education considers teachers to be role models, but it is unclear what this means in practice. Do teachers model admirable character traits? And do they do so effectively? In this article the relevant pedagogical and psychological literature is reviewed in order to shed light on these questions. First, the use of role modelling as a teaching method in secondary education is assessed. Second, adolescents' role models and their moral qualities are identified. Third, the psychology of moral learners is critically examined, using Bandura's social learning theory as point of departure. It turns out that role modelling is rarely used as an explicit teaching method and that only a very small percentage of adolescents recognises teachers as role models. If role modelling is to contribute to children's moral education, teachers are recommended to explain why the modelled traits are morally significant and how students can acquire these qualities for themselves.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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