This article reports on a study conducted by the University of Birmingham and Philadelphia’s National Liberty Museum examining the role of character education and its impact on under-served urban youth. Overall, the study found that after participating in character-based learning, students felt better-equipped to think about complex situations. They also showed more engagement with the concepts of integrity, respect, responsibility, and empathy, as well as a heightened ability to reason when immersed in ethical dilemmas.Source:
Erin McIntyre, Education DIVE, February 24, 2016Description:
What is character, can it be taught, and is it useful to consider when districts are thinking about how to address inequity in schools? And is character somehow different from “grit?” Professor James Arthur, director of the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues at University of Birmingham, describes character as the mental and moral qualities distinctive to an individual. They endure no matter the circumstance.
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