Character matters. As more and more schools are choosing to teach Character Education, trainee and beginning teachers need to know more. What is Character Education? Can it really be ‘taught’? How does children's learning benefit from discussions around character in the classroom? How do I teach it? What does good teaching of Character Education look like in the classroom?

Character Education: Theory and Measurement

Character education: Theory and measurement

In this chapter you will:

  • be provided with an overview of theories of flourishing from philosophical and psychological perspectives;
  • consider in depth the Aristotelian notion of virtue ethical theory and gain an understanding as to why it provides a useful foundation for character education;
  • explore the links between character education, positive psychology and positive education;
  • consider the challenges of measuring character.

Introduction

It has been argued in the previous chapters that character education contributes to individual and societal flourishing – and therefore it should be the concern of all teachers and schools. But what is the theoretical basis for this claim? Attempting to find answers to the fundamental question ‘what makes us flourish’ is the concern of several academic disciplines. The ...

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