Psychology Faculty Publications

Title

Character Education: Christian Education Perspectives

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2008

Journal Title

Journal of Research on Christian Education

Volume

17

Issue

2

First Page

182

Last Page

198

Abstract

Character is defined broadly by leading authorities, including concepts such as practicing apt behavior and teaching right from wrong. Virtue and moral undertones tend to pervade most experts' use of character, although in secular settings, the notion of ethics is more prominent. Overall, developing in students a desire for the good is how most authorities understand the construct. Implementing character in the public and Christian schools, apart from a Judeo-Christian view of the construct, leaves schools open to values clarification, situational ethics, and other post-modern foundational options. Character development, at least at the conceptual level, is at the heart of all education—Christian or non-Christian.

Keywords

Christian education, moral education, church schools

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