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The Case for Character Education: A Developmental Approach

reviewed by Darcia Narvaez - November 05, 2009

coverTitle: The Case for Character Education: A Developmental Approach
Author(s): Alan L. Lockwood
Publisher: Teachers College Press, New York
ISBN: 0807749230, Pages: 128, Year: 2008
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Alan Lockwood’s new book seeks to revamp character education as a valid approach to developing moral character in schools. He provides both a review and critique of two approaches to moral character education, values clarification and character education, and suggests improvements by integrating approaches from the past, Kohlberg’s moral reasoning development and Erikson’s identity development.  Although the book offers some helpful suggestions for converting character education into a more solid approach for forming moral character, Lockwood does not take advantage of more recent theory and empirical evidence that offer rich sources for the transformation of character education. Lockwood promotes character education first by comparing and contrasting it with values clarification for which he provides an excellent summary. In both cases, he grounds his review in original sources, staying primarily with traditional character educators Wynne and Ryan (1993) and early Lickona (1991) and with the originators of values clarification (Raths, Harmon... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: November 05, 2009
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15821, Date Accessed: 9/25/2020 10:45:10 PM

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  • Darcia Narvaez
    University of Notre Dame
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    DARCIA NARVAEZ is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of the Collaborative for Ethical Education at the University of Notre Dame. She has published over 80 articles, books and chapters in the areas of moral reasoning, development and education, including the award-winning books as well Postconventional Moral Thinking (1999), Moral development, Self, and Identity (2004), and the Handbook of Moral and Character Education (2008).
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