Effective Character Education: A Guidebook for Future Educators / Edition 1

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Character education is a national movement encouraging schools to create environments that foster ethical, responsible, and caring young people. It is the intentional, proactive effort by schools, districts, and states to instill in their students important core, ethical values that we all share such as caring, honesty, fairness, responsibility, and respect for self and others.

As a part of this movement, Character Education Project is based on research by the nation's leading character education experts published by The Character Education Partnership (CEP). CEP's Eleven Principles of Effective Character Education and Character Education Quality Standards provide guidelines to schools and teachers for the elements needed for effective, comprehensive, and character education. This text is designed to complement those works and provide a tool for future teachers, administrators, and other school personnel.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780073403786
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
  • Publication date: 6/27/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 184
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Chapter 1 Introduction to Character Education and Effective Principles 1

What is Character Education? 1

The Case for Character Education Why is It Needed? 2

A Brief History of Character Education 4

Effective Character Education 5

Character Education Partnership's Eleven Principles of Effective Character Education 5

CEP's Quality Standards for Program Assessment 10

How to Use This Guidebook 21

Summary 22

Resource Box 22

Discussion/Reflection Questions 23

Chapter 2 Creating a Foundation 24

Core Ethical Values 24

Establishing Community Support for Core Ethical Values 28

The Process of Character Development 34

Engaging the School Staff 43

Conclusion 45

Resource Box 45

Discussion/Reflection Questions 47

Chapter 3 Creating A Culture for Character 48

How is a Classroom Community Foundational to Learning and Character Development? 49

Building Caring, Democratic School and Classroom Communities 50

Meeting Students' Needs for Belonging 53

Meeting Students' Autonomy Needs 61

Meeting Students' Need for Competence 67

Fostering Social and Emotional Learning 68

Implementing Character-Centered Discipline 82

Systemic and Schoolwide Considerations 86

Conclusion 88

Resource Box 89

Discussion/Reflection Questions 90

Chapter 4 Integrating Character Across the Curriculum 92

The Dual Mission of Public Schools 92

Respecting How Students Learn 93

Strategies to Develop Intellectual Character (Dispositions) 103

Seven Habits that Support Learning 104

Learning through Moral Action 111

Infusing Character Into the Curriculum 118

Summary 120

Resource Box 121

Discussion/Reflection Questions 122

Chapter 5 Leadership for Character: Within Schools and the Broader Community 123

The Evolution of Educational Leadership 124

The Roles and Responsibilities of Character Education Leaders 125

The Role of the Teacher as Leader 128

How Students Assume Roles of Leadership 130

Effective Ways to Build Home-School Partnerships 132

How Members of the Greater Community Can Be Actively Involved in Character Education Initiatives 133

Resource Box 135

Discussion/Reflection Questions 135

Chapter 6 Evaluation 136

Evaluation as an Essential Part of the Educational Process 137

Models and Frameworks to Understand Program Evaluation 141

Evaluation 101: Concepts, Methods, and Tools of the Trade 150

Cranford High School Case Study 153

Monroe Township Elementary Schools Case Study 157

Rater Scoring Guide 160

Frequently Asked Questions 161

Resource Box 162

References 163

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