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Educating for Character
- Template 2017
- Section TMPL
- 3 Credits
- 07/31/2017 to 07/29/2100
- Modified 07/19/2020
As a Catholic university rooted in the liberal arts, we are a welcoming community of learners challenged by Franciscan values and charism, engaged in a continuous pursuit of knowledge, faith, wisdom, and justice, and ever mindful of a tradition that emphasizes reverence for creation, compassion and peacemaking. We strive for academic excellence in all programs, preparing women and men to contribute to the world through service and leadership.
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Studies the historical, philosophic and psychological foundations upon which character education is based. The history of character education in the United States and in other countries will be examined. Different theories of character education will be matched with their corresponding philosophic basis. Democratic ideals, ethical codes and professional standards will be examined. The psychological foundations of moral education will be identified.
College of Education Mission
The mission of the College of Education is to prepare competent and caring educators who understand students, serve the community and develop professionally to become ethical decision-makers and leaders.
Participants will acquire a deep understanding of the process by which children develop their character and grow socially, emotional, and ethically through effective school and home initiatives.
Serving the Community
Participants will examine effective ways to engage families and community members as partners in the character building effort.
Finding Our Professional Selves
Participants will learn how to form an ethical learning community in their classroom that engages students in service learning while teaching a meaningful and challenging academic curriculum that respects all learners, develops their character, and helps them to succeed
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By the conclusion of the course, each participant will be able to do the following:
- Identify core ethical values and virtues held by character education schools throughout history, emphasizing those critical to develop in schools in the 21st century. (IPTS 2b, SES 3A.3a, InTASC 1, NBPTS 1)
- Explain ways in which stakeholders can promote core ethical values and virtues as the foundation of good character, defining “character” comprehensively to include thinking, feeling, and doing. (IPTS 2b, SES 3a, InTASC 1, NBPTS 1)
- Identify comprehensive, intentional, and proactive approaches to character development. (IPTS 2B & 2G, 11, SES 5b. 2B.3a, NBPTS 5)
- Give examples of how Schools of Character develop comprehensive, intentional, and proactive approaches to character development. (IPTS 2B & 2G, 11, SES 5b. 2B.3a, InTASC 3, NBPTS 5)
- Develop unit lesson plans that illustrate key principles of community building, reflect character education core values, engage students in service learning, and expose students to meaningful academic curricula. (IPTS 2B & 2G, 10, 11, 11J, 11Q, SES 3A, 3a, 3A.4a, 3A.5a, 3B.4b, InTASC 5, 7 & 8, NBPTS 1, 2, 3)
- Revise classroom management plans to place an emphasis on moral discipline, restorative justice, anti-bullying, peer mediation, and conflict resolution. (IPTS 10, 11, 11J, SES 4a, 3A.5a, 3B.4b, InTASC 9, 10, NBPTS 4, 5)
Complete weekly readings on Canvas with worksheets and discussion responses.
After learning about the theory of character development by reading to posted journal articles and listening to the digital lectures and video clips of recognized School of Character, participants will be able to:
- Explain ways in which stakeholders can promote core ethical and performance values as the foundation of good character, defining “character” comprehensively to include thinking, feeling, and doing. (Outcome 1: IPTS 2b, SES 3A.3a, NBPTS 1)
- Identify comprehensive, intentional, and proactive approaches to character development. (Outcome 2)
- Identify core moral values and virtues held by character education schools. (Outcome 3)
- Give examples of how they can create a caring community om the classroom providing students with opportunities for moral action and fostering students’ self-motivation. (Outcome 4: IPTS 2B & 2G, 11, SES 2A.5b. 2B.3a, InTASC 3, NBPTS 5)
Create a unit plan that integrates character education and ethical decision making in the curriculum.
After learning about the integrating character education in the curriculum, by reading journal articles and listening to the digital lectures and video clips of recognized School of Character, participants will be able to:
- Develop unit lesson plans that illustrate key principles of community building, reflect character education core values, engage students in service learning, and expose students to meaningful academic curricula. (Outcome 5: IPTS 2B & 2G, 10, 11, 11J, 11Q, SES 3A, 3A.3a, 3A.4a, 3A.5a, 3B.4b, InTASC 5, 7 & 8, NBPTS 1, 2, 3)
Develop and update classroom management plan
After learning about moral discipline, restorative discipline and other behavior programs by reading journal articles and listening to the digital lectures and video clips of recognized School of Character, participants will be able to:
Revise classroom management plans to place an emphasis on moral discipline, restorative justice, anti-bullying, peer mediation, and conflict resolution. (Outcome 6: IPTS 10, 11, 11J, 11Q, SES 3A.4a, 3A.5a, 3B.4b, InTASC 9, 10, NBPTS 4, 5)
The percentages noted in the Grading Scale will be used and equated to a final grade. Scoring rubrics for discussions, assignments, and final project (if applicable) will be provided in Canvas or on limited occasions, by the instructor as a handout.
|Weekly Reading and Discussion Posts||50 points||
10 posts x 5 points each post
|Class Participation in Digital Lectures||25 points||
Expressed by time on the computer and completion of digital quiz/comments.
|Character Education Unit Plan||100 points||
Plans that integrate character education in participants academic subject area (minimum of 5 lessons)
|Character Building Classroom Management Plan||25 points||
Plan implements character based discipline
|A||100 - 93%|
|B||92 - 85%|
|C||84 - 77%|
|F||76 - 0%|
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The syllabus for this course is an outline of the requirements for this course.
- Dates, projects, and activities may be changed or altered as needed.
- Due dates will be reflected in Canvas (with limited exception in instances where Canvas may not be used for a specific course section).
- The purpose of projects and assignments are 1) to allow candidates the opportunity to apply theory and synthesize course material, 2) to facilitate the assessment of individual student progress towards desired outcomes, and 3) to help the instructor determine whether adjustments are needed to ensure that course outcomes are met.
||Introduction and History of Character Education||
Course Content/Objectives Addressed
Suggested Reading Assignments
Journal articles and book chapters in Canvas.
||Components of Character – Moral Knowledge||
||Moral Thinking and the Important Role of the Teacher||
||Character Education Develops – Moral Action||
||Programs/Curricula to help develop Moral Feeling||
||Character Education Develops – Moral Action||
||Developing Moral Action through Moral Discipline programs||
||Evaluating your character education initiative||
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