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Character--Study and teaching; Moral education;


In today 's world, all children face great uncertainties in a complex and sometimes troubled society. These traits are not always readily apparent and easy to grasp or learn. Today, schools face the challenge of providing youth with the self-esteem, stamina, and support they need to survive, be successful, and develop into strong, competent, caring, and responsible citizens. To meet the challenge schools have either developed or adopted character education programs.

This paper focused on three elements common to most character education programs: (]) the school program must include parent and community outreach, planning and structure, school climate, curriculum, and assessment; (2) programs on teaching six aspects of character: caring, civic virtue and citizenship, justice and fairness, respect, responsibility, and trustworthiness; and (3) all character education programs would not be an add-on but would be integrated into the school 's existing culture and curriculum. The strengths and weaknesses of some common character education programs and provided along with recommendation and implications for educators and other professionals.

Year of Submission


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education


Department of Educational Psychology and Foundations

First Advisor

Radhi H. Al-Mabuk


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