Character And Community Development

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This book provides the conceptual, theoretical, and methodological foundation that teachers, principals, professors, and students preparing for teaching will need in order to be informed and effective planners and evaluators of character education programs and good character educators. Through its clear definition of terms, review of Constitutional and public support, comparative analysis of philosophical approaches, synthesis of many relevant theories of child development, K-12 core curriculum, description of ...

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Overview

This book provides the conceptual, theoretical, and methodological foundation that teachers, principals, professors, and students preparing for teaching will need in order to be informed and effective planners and evaluators of character education programs and good character educators. Through its clear definition of terms, review of Constitutional and public support, comparative analysis of philosophical approaches, synthesis of many relevant theories of child development, K-12 core curriculum, description of many instructional strategies, and methodology for program evaluation, this handbook effectively prepares prospective program planners and character educators to create comprehensive programs that are developmentally appropriate, adapted to the unique needs and characteristics of school communities, and soundly evaluated.

Dr. Vessels presents a wide range of options, developmental and practical guidelines for choosing from among these options, and a creative core curriculum and evaluation technology that he hopes school community members will find useful for their particular school or system.

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A resource for principals, teachers, parents, and education students who want to explore ways to enhance character development in students. Compares traditional and progressive approaches to character building, reviewing theories of cognitive, social and moral development, and presents a synthesis of relevant theories of development and a preschool-12 core curriculum, describing instructional strategies. A final chapter presents guidelines for program planning and evaluation, and offers assessment instruments. Distributed by Greenwood. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275961336
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/30/1998
  • Pages: 278
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

GORDON G. VESSELS is a school psychologist who recently directed a character education grant project in the Atlanta Public Schools, funded by the Georgia Humanities Council.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Overview 1
1 Introduction to Character Education 3
2 Relevant Philosophy and Theory 15
3 A Developmentally Based Core Curriculum 41
4 Strategies and Techniques 83
5 Program Planning and Evaluation 153
Appendixes 203
Index 259
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  • Posted February 26, 2012

    Comprehensive look and Character and Culture Education

    I've purchased this book to review it for a class I am looking to teach at a local university as a continuing education class. It looks like it is up to the task.

    The book does the following:

    1) Provides reasons for why it should be down, with rationale from court cases.
    2) Provides historical basis for character education.
    3) Lays out the developmental needs for children at different ages.
    4) Lists a series of things the author believes children need at different ages for character and community development along with suggestions that for how to teach them.
    5) Many extra resources that teachers can use to build competency.

    You should consider this book if you're looking for ways to improve the culture of your school/class and looking to build the character of your children.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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