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Character Education: Transforming Values into Virtue

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Overview

Character Education juxtaposes John Dewey's philosophy of the person and values education with Alasdair MacIntyre's treatment of Aristotle's virtue theory in order to highlight the importance of virtue in developing good character. The initial overview of character education from colonial times to the present provides a context for understanding character formation and education taking place now. Salls' own contributions to the topic temper the text with her practical suggestions about character education for educators and administrators. The years she has spent as a teacher of character lend Character Education the wisdom and experience of a seasoned educational practitioner.

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Shepard Salls is a scholar-teacher with 25 years of classroom experience. This fine and highly readable book provides the reader with a grounded understanding of character education... the author sure handedly deals with many of the practical issues and problems of implementation. Summing Up: HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Lower-division undergraduates through practitioners.
— K. Ryan, emeritus, Boston University
CHOICE - K. Ryan
Shepard Salls is a scholar-teacher with 25 years of classroom experience. This fine and highly readable book provides the reader with a grounded understanding of character education... the author sure handedly deals with many of the practical issues and problems of implementation. Summing Up: HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Lower-division undergraduates through practitioners.
Madonna Murphy
This book makes a much needed contribution to the field of character education by providing it with a philosophic foundation...this is more than just a philosophic book; it is a practical book with a strong philosophic basis. Holly has personal experience both as a classroom teacher and as a school administrator and she fills the last part of her book with many practical ideas on creating a character education program for a school, integrating it across the curriculum, including mentoring, service learning, and parent education. I plan to use this book for my graduate class in character education and I encourage all teachers, parents, and educators who want to educate for character to read it...
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761836124
  • Publisher: University Press of America
  • Publication date: 11/9/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 170
  • Product dimensions: 6.07 (w) x 9.07 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Holly Shepard Salls lives in Chicago, and teaches at The Willows Academy. During the twenty-five years that she has worked at The Willows, she has served as Assistant Head of School and as Director of Character Education. She created the character education program at The Willows based on some of the ideas found in this book. Ms. Salls received her B.A. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and her M.A. from the University of Navarre, Pamplona, Spain.

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Table of Contents

Part 1 Dedication Part 2 Foreword Part 3 Preface Part 4 Acknowledgements Part 5 Introduction Chapter 6 Character Education: An Introduction Chapter 7 John Dewey Chapter 8 Alasdair MacIntyre Chapter 9 A New Vision in Character Education Part 10 Conclusion Part 11 Abbreviations Part 12 Bibliography Part 13 Notes Part 14 Index Part 15 About the Author

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