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ERIC Number: EJ1022712
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 17
ISSN: ISSN-0009-4056
Shaping the Bamboo from the Shoot: Elementary Level Character Education in Malaysia
Thambusamy, Roslind; Elier, Adzura Ahmad
Childhood Education, v89 n6 p368-378 2013
This article emphasizes the importance of introducing/providing character education during the early years of child development in order to raise morally responsive citizens. Noting the rampant acts of violence and malicious crime at a time marked with deep global turmoil in many societies, the authors argue for an exhaustive study of the recently revised elementary-level character education syllabus in Malaysia. The article provides a historical overview of character education (also referred to as "moral" education) in Malaysia and critically examines whether the adopted Malaysian syllabus identifies and engages in providing character education in meaningful ways. It assesses the balance between developing specific virtuous traits and habits, on one hand, and building moral judgment and reasoning about justice and fairness, on the other. The article provides insights about the Malaysian approach to (moral) character education as valued by its society.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Malaysia