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Character education in America's blue ribbon schools : best practices for meeting the challenge
Murphy, Madonna M.
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Lancaster, PA : Technomic Publishing Co. Inc., [1998]

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xxx, 253 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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LC311 .M87 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Character Education in America's Blue Ribbon Schools is based upon descriptive, documentary, and qualitative research conducted on the award winning school applications in the United Stated Department of Education's Elementary School Recognition Pro

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Madonna M. Murphy, Ph.D., is associate professor and chair of the Department of Education at the University of St. Francis, Chicago

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This is an exceptionally clear and practical guide for school administrators and others interested in developing moral character in schools. Rather than offering another philosophically motivated prescription for developing character, as done previously in Lickona's Educating for Character (1991) and Wynne and Ryan's Reclaiming Our Schools (1993, 1997), Murphy (College of St. Francis, Illinois) studied the actual practices of some excellent American elementary schools--those recognized as blue ribbon schools by the US Department of Education . Following an overview of what is meant by "character" and a short history of character education in American schools, Murphy describes in detail the philosophies and practices that support moral education in 350 randomly selected blue ribbon schools. Most of the description is based upon the schools' applications for the Recognition Program; aware that these self-descriptions may be overly self-congratulatory, Murphy visited 20 of them and included independent research data when it was available. The result--many invaluable ideas and suggestions on how "excellent" schools approach moral education, and a delineation of the kinds of data that might be relevant to studies of effective character education--should prove useful to both educators and researchers. Appropriate for all undergraduate and graduate students, researchers and faculty, and professionals and practitioners. C. A. Cunningham; Northeastern Illinois University

Table of Contents

List of Figuresp. vii
List of Tablesp. ix
Forewordp. xi
Prefacep. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xvii
Introductionp. 1
1 Can Good Character Be Taught?p. 9
2 A Brief History of Character Education in U.S. Schoolsp. 25
3 Character Education Programs in the Blue Ribbon Schoolsp. 35
4 Teachers of Characterp. 59
5 DARE We Count Drug Prevention Programs As Character Education?p. 85
6 Motivating Studentsp. 109
7 How Do Discipline Programs Develop Good Character?p. 139
8 How Does Good Citizenship Contribute to Good Character?p. 167
9 Evaluating the Effectiveness of Character Education in the Blue Ribbon Schoolsp. 191
Appendixp. 213
Referencesp. 217
Indexp. 231
About the Authorp. 243