The rise of character education in Britain: heroes, dragons and the myths of character

Jerome, Lee ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0278-6986 and Kisby, Ben (2019) The rise of character education in Britain: heroes, dragons and the myths of character. Palgrave Studies in Young People and Politics . Palgrave Pivot, Cham, Switzerland. ISBN 9783030277604, e-ISBN 9783030277611. (doi:10.1007/978-3-030-27761-1)

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Abstract

What is character education? Why has it risen up the political agenda in the UK in recent years? And what does it mean in pedagogical practice? The Rise of Character Education in Britain addresses these questions, challenging the individualistic and moralistic ideas underlying the clamour amongst politicians, educators and authors to promote ‘grit’, ‘resilience’ and ‘character’ in schools. Closely examining a range of teaching resources, the book shows that the development of character is wrongly presented as the solution to a wide variety of social problems, with individual citizens expected to accommodate themselves to the realities of the contemporary economic context, rather than enhancing their capacities to engage in civic and political activities to bring about changes they wish to see. The book argues that there is a tried and tested alternative to character education, which is far more likely to strengthen British democracy, namely: citizenship education.

Item Type: Book
Research Areas: A. > School of Health and Education > Education
Item ID: 27775
Notes on copyright: Copyright © The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2019. This is an accepted manuscript version of the introduction chapter published by Palgrave Pivot in 'The rise of character education in Britain: heroes, dragons and the myths of character', the published version is available online at https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-27761-1
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Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2019 09:39
Last Modified: 03 Jan 2020 17:03
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/27775

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