ERIC Number: EJ929790
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 37
Character Education: Christian Education Perspectives
Wilhelm, Gretchen M.; Firmin, Michael W.
Journal of Research on Christian Education, v17 n2 p182-198 2008
Character is defined broadly by leading authorities, including concepts such as practicing apt behavior and teaching right from wrong. Virtue and moral undertones tend to pervade most experts' use of character, although in secular settings, the notion of ethics is more prominent. Overall, developing in students a desire for the good is how most authorities understand the construct. Implementing character in the public and Christian schools, apart from a Judeo-Christian view of the construct, leaves schools open to values clarification, situational ethics, and other post-modern foundational options. Character development, at least at the conceptual level, is at the heart of all education--Christian or non-Christian.
Descriptors: Values Education, Moral Values, Religious Education, Christianity, Personality, Ethics, Values Clarification, Foundations of Education, Theory Practice Relationship, World Views
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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