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    Author Name: Thomas Lickona, Ph.D.

    Posted: September 9, 2019

     Course: EDUC 711C Effective Character Education


    Dr. Thomas Lickona, Ph.D., Professor of Education Emeritus State University of New York at Cortland, wrote the following paragraph about his book Character Matters. His book is currently used in the course, EDUC 711C Effective Character Education.

     My work for the past half-century as a developmental psychologist and educator (www.thomaslickona.com) has focused on helping teachers and parents foster good character in youth.  Character Matters, the text for your course, describes “10 essential virtues” that make up good character and more than 100 best practices for fostering character development in the home, classroom, school, and community.  Chapter topics include how to raise children of character, strengthen the home-school partnership, build positive relationships with students, teach academics and character at the same time, prevent peer cruelty and promote kindness, teach good manners, use a character-based approach to discipline, develop a schoolwide character education initiative, and get students to take responsibility for building their own character.  The examples and stories in the book are all drawn from classrooms, schools, and families across the US that I have been privileged to work with.


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