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NCJ Number: 194467 Find in a Library
Title: Briefing Paper: Character Education
Author(s): Jennifer Hennessey
Corporate Author: School Violence Resource Ctr
United States of America
Date Published: August 2001
Page Count: 5
Sponsoring Agency: Bureau of Justice Assistance
Washington, DC 20531
School Violence Resource Ctr
Little Rock, AR 72204-7503
Grant Number: 2000-DD-VX-0026
Sale Source: School Violence Resource Ctr
University of Arkansas System
Criminal Justice Institute
7723 Colonel Glenn Road
Little Rock, AR 72204-7503
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper examines the concept of teaching academics in combination with character.
Abstract: The focus of education in America, until recently, has been primarily on developing academic skills rather than social competencies. In the 1990's, a movement emerged to begin teaching academics in combination with character. Since 1996, the U.S. Department of Education has awarded more than $25 million dollars to States to assist in developing character education programs. Although there are many definitions of character education, a commonly accepted one is "an integrated, intentional effort to help students understand, develop, and use commonly accepted ethical values." Fundamental elements required for a successful character education program include: (1) community participation; (2) an integrated curriculum across all subject areas and grades; (3) character traits that can be identified and clearly defined; (4) a strong experiential, service learning component; and (5) outcome assessment. The paper includes brief descriptions of five character education programs and links to 37 sites related to character education and character education programs. References, bibliography
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Code of ethics; Community support; Curriculum; Education; Educational courses; Educational reform; Ethics training; Program evaluation; Teaching/training techniques
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