This book has received the AESA (American Educational Studies Association) Critics Choice Award 2012.
Against a formidable national discourse that emphasizes academic standardization, accountability, and high-stakes testing in educational policy, Character and Moral Education: A Reader seeks to re-introduce and revive the moral mission of education in public conversation and practices in America’s schools. With contributions from a prominent array of scholars and practitioners, the book critically analyzes moral education, broadly defined as both an academic field that attempts to develop moral human beings, and as a principled discourse aimed at creating ethical educational policies and practices.
With theoretical rigor and practical wisdom, this volume offers diverse and cutting-edge scholarship on character and moral education in 21st-century schools. This timely and important book will appeal to all those concerned with both the ethical well-being of today’s students, and the school’s responsibility to prepare individuals to lead moral lives in the future.
Joseph L. DeVitis is Visiting Professor of Educational Foundations at Old Dominion University. Recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award from the College of Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, he is a widely published scholar and public intellectual in educational policy studies. He is a past president of the American Educational Studies Association, the Council of Learned Societies in Education, and the Society of Professors of Education. His most recent books are Critical Civic Literacy: A Reader (Peter Lang, 2011) and Adolescent Education: A Reader (Peter Lang, 2010), edited with Linda Irwin-DeVitis.
Tianlong Yu is Associate Professor of Education at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, and a visiting Taishan Scholar Professor of Education at Shandong Normal University, China. Born and raised in China and educated in both China and the United States, he writes on the social foundations of education with a keen interest in issues of moral education and multicultural education.