Character education is both a rooted and developing discipline. Even though there is no consensual definition, it can be widely described as a school- based process to promote personal development in youth, through the development of virtue, moral values, and moral agency. Starting from the growing interest about this theme in recent years, this article aims at using the “character education” analysis category to conduct an exploratory research on the main tendencies in the international literature, defining which are the main topics, exploring the way these topics develop in terms of theory and empirical research and analyzing how they relate to each other. In view of this goal, titles and abstracts of 261 articles published in 145 peer-reviewed academic journals over the period 2005-2014 were selected from Education Source, ERIC, Psychology & Behavioral Sciences Collection and SocINDEX databases. Articles’ titles and abstract were analyzed through the T-Lab software, using different content analysis techniques. Although many ambivalences and ambiguities affect the meaning attributed to the character education, some key trends emerge from this literature review and the considered studies seem to agree that character education can play an important role in the construction of children and adolescents’ identity and can be a distinctive intervention for youth education and socialization.
Character Education: Themes and Researches. An Academic Literature Review
Pattaro C. (2016) "Character Education: Themes and Researches. An Academic Literature Review " Italian Journal of Sociology of Education, 8(1), 6-30. DOI: 10.14658/PUPJ-IJSE-2016-1-2
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Italian Journal of Sociology of Education
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