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

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Jerome, L. and Kisby, B. 2019. The rise of character education in Britain: heroes, dragons and the myths of character. Cham, Switzerland Palgrave Pivot.
TitleThe rise of character education in Britain: heroes, dragons and the myths of character
AuthorsJerome, L. and Kisby, B.
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.

SeriesPalgrave Studies in Young People and Politics
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Hardcover9783030277604
Electronic9783030277611
PublisherPalgrave Pivot
Place of publicationCham, Switzerland
Publication dates
Online21 Aug 2019
Print02 Sep 2019
Publication process dates
Deposited10 Oct 2019
Accepted01 Aug 2019
Output statusPublished
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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

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-27761-1
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