The Rise of Character Education in Britain: Heroes, Dragons and the Myths of Character

Jerome, Lee and Kisby, Ben (2019) The Rise of Character Education in Britain: Heroes, Dragons and the Myths of Character. Palgrave Studiesin Young People and Politics . Palgrave Macmillan, Cham, Switzerland. ISBN 978-3-030-27760-4

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Abstract

Education for character has risen up the political agenda in a number of countries, especially the US and the UK, as governments and educators have sought to find ways to improve children’s life chances and address various societal challenges. Schools are viewed by advocates of character education as having a crucial role to play in improving individual character, as the best means to develop a better society. The book is structured around three core sections. In Part I we explore what character education is and why it is problematic, before examining how it has emerged in UK education policy. In Part II we turn to review specific examples of character education projects in the UK. In Part III we consider citizenship education as an alternative way to pursue some of the espoused aims of character education and argue that it actually addresses some of the same concerns far more effectively.

Keywords:Character education, citizenship education, virtue ethics, grit, resilience, Aristotle, policy community, Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues
Subjects:X Education > X330 Academic studies in Secondary Education
L Social studies > L200 Politics
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Social & Political Sciences
ID Code:37253
Deposited On:27 Sep 2019 10:04

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