Journal of Character Education

Volume 17 #1

Edited by:
Jacques S. Benninga, California State University, Fresno
Marvin W Berkowitz, University of Missouri - St. Louis

A volume in the series: Journal of Character Education. Editor(s): Jacques S. Benninga, California State University, Fresno. Marvin W Berkowitz, University of Missouri - St. Louis.

Published 2021

The Journal of Character Education is the only professional journal in education devoted to character education. It is designed to cover the field—from the latest research to applied best practices. We include original research reports, editorials and conceptual articles by the best minds in our field, reviews of the latest books, and other relevant strategies and manuscripts by educators that describe best practices in teaching and learning related to character education. The Journal of Character Education has for over a decade been the sole scholarly journal focused on research, theory, measurement, and practice of character education. In this issue of the Journal of Character Education we return to something foundational and introduce something new. The foundational element is a set of six independent scholarly manuscripts by a mix of emerging and established scholars.

We are pleased to introduce a new feature of the Journal of Character Education in this issue, namely a section we are calling simply “Opinion.” We began the JCE with an exclusive focus on publishing scholarship because there was no scholarly journal that focused on character education. Over time we realized that we wanted to speak about practice and particularly to practitioners as well. Hence we created a section we call “Voices” to present innovations and perspectives representing the “voices” of exemplary practitioners of character education. Now we introduce the “Opinion” section that will allow us to publish perspectives from leading authorities in the field that might be more provocative. We would love to hear responses to either or both opinion articles and are working on plans to share such responses, perhaps on one of our related websites. At this point, we plan on publishing more opinion articles, and for now, by invitation. However, we are always willing to consider unsolicited articles for possible inclusion in the JCE.

Editors’ Introduction, Marvin W Berkowitz and Jacques S. Benninga. EMPIRICAL ARTICLES: Teachers’ Perspectives on Performance Character Education Meanings, Practices, and Tensions, Kysa Nygreen and Kathryn McDermott. Adolescent Values, Interest in Extracurricular Activities, and Bonding to School: A Cross-Sectional Descriptive and Correlational Analysis, William B. Hansen. Examining the Effects of Instructor Advocacy or Neutrality on Students’ Moral Development, Tonia Bock and Heidi Giebel. Examining Diversity in Developmental Trajectories of Cadets’ Performance and Character at the U.S. Military Academy, Hillary S. Schaefer, Kristina Schmid Callina, Jeremiah Powers, Gerald Kobylski, Diane Ryan, and Richard M. Lerner. How Is Virtue Cultivated? Seven Strategies for Postgraduate Character Development, Michael Lamb, Jonathan Brant, and Edward Brooks. The Trivium: Revisiting Ancient Strategies for Character Formation, Sabrina Little. OPINION: The Overlooked Inequity, Eric Schaps. For the Better, Marvin W Berkowitz. BOOK REVIEW: On the Nature and Development of American Leaders of Character—Character Education for Our Time: Review of Lt. General (Ret.) Robert L. Caslen, Jr. and Michael D. Matthews, “The Character Edge: Leading and Winning With Integrity”, Richard M. Lerner.