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Marvin W. Berkowitz, Wolfgang Althof & Scott Jones

In: The SAGE Handbook of Education for Citizenship and Democracy

Chapter 31: Educating for Civic Character

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Educating for Civic Character
Educating for civic character
Marvin W.Berkowitz, WolfgangAlthof, and ScottJones

In this handbook, citizenship education is discussed from a variety of perspectives. The current chapter examines the relationship of character education and citizenship education and will focus on what we call educating for civic character. The widely read consensus paper ‘The civic mission of the school’, as well as many other documents (e.g. Patrick and Vontz, 2001), describe civic knowledge, skills (competencies), and dispositions (attitudes) as the three core dimensions of citizenship and hence as the focal targets of citizenship education. In Chapter 29 of this handbook, Ian Davies discusses issues related to the first of this triumvirate, namely civic knowledge and civic-political literacy. While an important topic, it will not be the focus ...

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