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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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Urban, Jennifer Brown; Trochim, William M. – Journal of Character Education, 2017
This article presents how character development practitioners, researchers, and funders might think about evaluation, how evaluation fits into their work, and what needs to happen in order to sustain evaluative practices. A broader view of evaluation is presented whereby evaluation is not just seen as something that is applied at a program level,…
Descriptors: Personality, Systems Approach, Evaluation Methods, Portfolios (Background Materials)
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Durlak, Joseph A. – Journal of Character Education, 2017
This article reviews literature that emphasizes how both research findings and practical applications have confirmed the fundamental importance of program implementation in the spread of successful character education interventions. Attention is given to defining implementation, explaining its major elements and why it is so important, discussing…
Descriptors: Program Implementation, Values Education, Definitions, Intervention
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McKown, Clark – Journal of Character Education, 2017
Dr. Card's article provides useful and clear standards for determining what good measurement is, identifies important problems in the measurement of constructs important to character education, and provides clear guidance about measurement development. In this article, I raise 4 points that build on Dr. Card's work. First, advancing assessment in…
Descriptors: Personality, Social Development, Emotional Development, Standards
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Card, Noel A. – Journal of Character Education, 2017
In this article I provide an overview of the methodological issues involved in measuring constructs relevant to character development and education. I begin with a nontechnical overview of the 3 fundamental psychometric properties of measurement: reliability, validity, and equivalence. Developing and evaluating measures to ensure evidence of all 3…
Descriptors: Values Education, Moral Development, Measurement, Psychometrics
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Deutsch, Nancy L. – Journal of Character Education, 2017
In this article, I respond to Noel Card's "Methodological Issues in Measuring the Development of Character." I focus on the ways in which social scientific knowledge represents human constructions of the world and the implications of this stance for the measurement of character. Further, I consider how context influences those…
Descriptors: Moral Development, Values Education, Measurement, Educational Research
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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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