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McGrath, Robert E. – Journal of Character Education, 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…
Descriptors: Values Education, Ethical Instruction, Models, Caring
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Berkowitz, Marvin W.; Bier, Melinda C.; McCauley, Brian – Journal of Character Education, 2017
A growing body of research on character education offers the opportunity to derive lessons on effective practice. While there is little focused research on the effectiveness of specific practices, reviews of effective programs have been mined for well over a decade to reach conclusions about "what works in character education." More…
Descriptors: Best Practices, Values Education, Literature Reviews, Evidence Based Practice
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Callina, Kristina Schmid; Lerner, Richard M. – Journal of Character Education, 2017
Nucci (this issue) gives a compelling conceptualization of the ideas needed to understand character as a multifaceted developmental system. In this article, we focus on the idea of coherence as it applies to understanding character development, education, and assessment. Using ideas from relational developmental systems (RDS) metatheory, we…
Descriptors: Individual Development, Values Education, Personality Development, Ethics
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Moroney, Deborah A.; Devaney, Elizabeth – Journal of Character Education, 2017
This paper reviews the evidence on staff practices and quality programs that foster character development through social and emotional learning. The paper describes the state of the OST workforce, and barriers and opportunities to adding social and emotional learning to their job description. Specifically, the paper provides an overview of the…
Descriptors: Literature Reviews, Values Education, Emotional Development, Social Development
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Farrington, Camille A. – Journal of Character Education, 2017
This paper responds to Berkowitz, Bier, and McCauley's description of effective features and practices that support character development by pushing on the question of "how" child and youth environments might "build character." Acknowledging the challenges of drawing on program evaluations and extant studies of character…
Descriptors: Moral Development, Values, Program Evaluation, Values Education
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Nucci, Larry – Journal of Character Education, 2017
Character is a developmental system embedded within the self-system. This Relational Developmental Systems (RDS) view is in juxtaposition with virtue theory and accounts of character in terms of moral identity. The character system includes 4 components 3 of which: basic moral cognition (as described within domain theory); other regarding; and…
Descriptors: Values Education, Moral Values, Self Concept, Ethics
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Bond, Constance – Journal of Character Education, 2016
St. HOPE (Helping Others Pursue Excellence) has embraced the character education movement and worked tirelessly to become a National School of Character. There is a commitment to relevant, student-driven service learning that develops every facet of their scholars' burgeoning identities, experiences that truly cultivate the whole child. St. HOPE…
Descriptors: Values Education, Urban Schools, Charter Schools, Middle Schools
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Kokoszka, Carla; Smith, Juliette – Journal of Character Education, 2016
This article describes the character education program in Donald Stewart School No. 51, in Elizabeth, NJ, a dual-language preschool serving 300 students that first opened its doors in 2004. Over the years this school has been committed to laying the foundation of character development with its preschoolers. Their pillar "Friends Care, Friends…
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Values Education, Urban Schools, Early Childhood Education
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Fink, Kristin; Geller, Karen – Journal of Character Education, 2016
As the United States has struggled to answer the question of what education for the 21st century must look like, most states have now responded by signing onto the Common Core Standards. Drawn from lessons learned from a generation of standards-based education and research on what high-performing countries do to enable young people to prosper, it…
Descriptors: Common Core State Standards, Guidelines, Educational History, Values Education
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Lubchenko, Sandra – Journal of Character Education, 2016
The current pedagogy in creating a positive school climate is building personal relationships with students. Teachers and students work together to create a safe environment where students engage in the academic pursuit of knowledge. Service-learning projects that create this close bond and offer a collective pursuit of helping others give…
Descriptors: Teacher Student Relationship, Service Learning, School Community Relationship, Positive Attitudes
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Steinkamp, Erin – Journal of Character Education, 2016
Valley Park Middle School (VPMS) in Valley Park, MO, has the unique designation of being a not-so-secret gem in St. Louis County. The middle school shares its campus with the elementary and high school, creating opportunities to collaborate and work together to build a school district that not only shines academically, but also focuses on…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Values Education, School Culture, Models
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Goldys, Patrice H. – Journal of Character Education, 2016
Norwood Elementary, a Title I science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) school in Baltimore County, MD, recently realized that traditional behavior management programs and processes were not working with their students. Over time, school administrators discovered more successful approaches, and restorative practices became the way to…
Descriptors: Educational Practices, Rewards, Punishment, STEM Education
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Hoedel, Joseph M.; Lee, Robert E. – Journal of Character Education, 2016
This is a case study in which the Character Development and Leadership Program replaced an alternative high school's traditional English language offerings. A triangulated case study used student records, field notes, and interviews of stakeholders to compare the academic year prior to this substitution and the 2 academic years following it. All 3…
Descriptors: Alignment (Education), Common Core State Standards, English Curriculum, Language Arts
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Francom, Jacob A. – Journal of Character Education, 2016
Principal leadership is crucial to the success of a high school character education initiative. The purpose of this qualitative grounded theory research was to identify the roles that high school principals play in developing, implementing, and sustaining a high functioning character education program. Data were collected through interviews and…
Descriptors: Principals, Administrator Role, High School Students, Grounded Theory
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Bier, Melinda C.; Sherblom, Stephen A.; Berkowitz, Marvin W.; Coulter, Bob – Journal of Character Education, 2016
Character strengths support academic learning and can and should be incorporated into all content areas. This article articulates ways character strengths, including self-efficacy, positive-attitude, perseverance, growth-mindset, intrinsic motivation, intellectual carefulness, and courage specifically support mathematics education (K-8) and can…
Descriptors: Common Core State Standards, Elementary Education, Mathematics Instruction, Values Education
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