International Research Handbook on Values Education and Student Wellbeing

pp 427-454


The Power of Character: Needed for, and Developed from, Teaching and Learning

  • Matthew DavidsonAffiliated withInstitute for Excellence and Ethics (IEE) Email author 
  • , Vladimir KhmelkovAffiliated withInstitute for Excellence and Ethics (IEE)
  • , Thomas LickonaAffiliated withState University of New York at Cortland

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In this chapter, the authors describe what they call the Smart & Good Schools model of character education, which focuses on performance character and moral character in a way designed to contribute to personal integrity. The Smart & Good Schools approach seeks to maximize the power of moral and performance character by viewing character as needed for and potentially developed from every act of teaching and learning. Character education thus conceived stands at the very center of schooling; it is not conducted as an ancillary or even parallel sequence with academic instruction, but rather in and through the teaching and learning process.