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ERIC Number: EJ1165176
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1543-1223
The Essentials and Complexities of Character: Reflections on Nucci's Multifaceted Model
McGrath, Robert E.
Journal of Character Education, v13 n1 p27-32 2017
Larry Nucci, in his article "Character: A Multifaceted Developmental System," has outlined a model of character that focuses on 4 domains of the moral system. This response focuses on 2 issues. The first is Nucci's equation of character with moral functioning. My research has led me to propose that 3 elements are essential to any adequate theory of character, called caring, inquisitiveness, and self-control. These emerge across a number of virtue theories, as well as models of essential skills and even literary references. In particular, I suggest that inquisitiveness and self-control are indicators of character even when not used to support moral ends, so long as they are not used to support immoral ones. Second, I think the model Nucci proposes for moral character is incomplete, as it fails to outline the competing considerations that enter into moral decision-making. Character education programs should acknowledge and even emphasize how these competing considerations can lead to nonmoral decision-making when environmental factors encourage poor choices.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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