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2 Module 2 Beginning Definitions: Moral Character and Character Education

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4 Crisis Intervention or Emergency Care Crisis Intervention or Emergency Care Deficit- or Problem- Centered Prevention Asset-Centered Protective Prevention Inoculation Asset-Centered Protective Prevention Inoculation To my knowledge, Dr. Peter L. Benson, founder of the Search Institute and author of All Kids are Our Kids, was the first to use the term inoculation in this context. The concept of developmental assets is the centerpiece for the Search Institute and its many community programs across the country.

5 Character education combines direct teaching and community building strategies to promote personal and social integrity and the development of moral virtues, moral emotion, moral reasoning, and other assets and qualities that make good character possible. It promotes moral, social, artistic, intellectual, emotional, physical, academic, and personality develop- ment through all of school life. The moral component provides a context of principles for the non-moral components: social, cultural, prudential, and civic. Character Education The third definition comes from Robert Heslep at the University of Georgia. He is the author of Moral Education for Americans published by Praeger in 1995.

6 THINKINGBEHAVING FEELINGKNOWING Values Beliefs Conscience Predispositions & Prosocial Attitudes Will Empathy Conscience Motivation Social Skills Virtues Habits MORAL CHARACTER Personal and Social Integrity Moral Reasoning Ability Intentional Moral Action & Consequences Moral EmotionMoral Knowledge Developed by Gordon Vessels ©

7 EXTERNAL ASSETS INTERNAL ASSETS 40 Developmental Assets The Search Institute Asset Type SUPPORT EMPOWERMENT BOUNDARIES AND EXPECTATIONS CONSTRUCTIVE USE OF TIME COMMITMENT TO LEARNING POSITIVE VALUES SOCIAL COMPETENCY POSITIVE IDENTITY 1 Family Support 2 Positive Family Communication 3 Adult Relationships 7 Youth Valued 8 Useful Roles Youth 11 Family Boundaries 12 School Boundaries 13 Neighborhood Boundaries 17 Creative Activities 18 Youth Programs 21 Achievement Motivation 22 School Engagement 26 Caring 27 Equality and Social Justice 28 Integrity 32 Plan/Decision Making 33 Interpersonal Competence 37 Personal Control 38 Self-Esteem 39 Sense of Purpose These assets were extracted from All Kids Are Our Kids by Peter L. Benson, San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, Dr. Benson is founder of the Search Institute. Visit their website at Their methodology and their identification of developmental assets is research-based. 4 Caring Neighborhood 5 Caring School 6 Parent Involvement in the School 9 Service to Others 10 Youth Feels Safe 14 Adult Role Models 15 Positive Peer Influence 16 High Expectations 19 Religious Community 20 Time at home 23 Homework 24 Bonding to School 25 Pleasure Reading 29 Honesty 30 Responsibility 31 Restraint 34 Cultural Competence 35 Resistance Skills 36 Conflict Resolution 40 Positive View of Personal Future

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