The Construction of Children's Character

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The Construction of Children's Character presents a comprehensive and critical assessment of contemporary character education theory and practice from a variety of perspectives—historical, cultural, philosophical, psychological, empirical, political, and ethical.

The idea that character education should be an important element in the curriculum of public schools is controversial. Critics reject the idea that schools should be involved in teaching values. Proponents often disagree among themselves—some detailing the proper values students should be taught, others arguing that character development must be part of a larger process of constructing an ethical community in the schools. The contributors to this volume bring a breadth of perspectives, experience, and approaches to the problem of assessing contemporary character education.

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Table of Contents

The National Society for the Study of Education
Board of Directors of the Society, 1996-97; Contributors to the Yearbook
Editor's Preface
I Character Education and Community 1
II Character Education from Four Perspectives on Curriculum 17
III Research and Practice in Character Education: A Historical Perspective 31
IV Educating for Character: A Comprehensive Approach 45
V For-Character Education 63
VI Schools, Character Development, and Citizenship 77
VII Connections Between Character Education and Multicultural Education 97
VIII Chemistry or Character? 110
IX What Inner-City Children Say About Character 120
X School as a Caring Community: A Key to Character Education 127
XI The Politics of Character Education 140
XII The Trouble with Character Education 154
XIII Commercial Culture and the Assault on Children's Character 163
XIV What is Character Education? 174
Name Index 186
Subject Index 190
Information about Membership in the Society 193
Publication of the Society 194
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