Moral and Character Education

David Ian Walker and Stephen J. Thoma

in Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Education

Published online December 2017 | e-ISBN: 9780190264093 | DOI:

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At core, moral and character education aims to develop the moral person. How this end state develops has been hindered by interest from different theoretical positions, differences between practitioners and theoreticians, different assumptions about how far character is educable, and associated measurement problems. Traditionally, moral education is concerned with the interpretation and strategies one uses to understand moral phenomenon and defines the moral person as a predominantly thinking entity, whereas character education emphasizes the development of habits and dispositions as a precondition for the moral person. Current interest is in finding commonalities across these traditions towards the achievement of human flourishing. These points of intersection have often been overlooked, but current work is demonstrating the importance of interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approaches for practitioners, researchers and policymakers.

Keywords: moral education; character education; human flourishing; virtue; moral person

Article.  9043 words. 

Subjects: Educational Psychology ; Education ; Philosophy and Theory of Education

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