Performance Values: Why They Matter and What Schools Can Do to Foster Their Development
Performance Values: Why They Matter and What Schools Can Do to Foster Their Development
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Performance Values: Why They Matter and What Schools Can Do to Foster Their Development

The position paper suggests that character education entails the development of performance character and moral character. Performance character, described also as the capacity to work, includes character strengths such as effort, initiative, diligence, self-discipline, and perseverance. Moral character, also described here as the capacity to love, is comprised of strengths such as empathy, fairness, trustworthiness, generosity and compassion. The paper suggests that performance values are essential “to promote academic learning, foster an ethic of excellence, and develop the skills needed to act upon ethical values.” The position paper suggests ten ways in which schools can develop performance character: 1. Create a safe and supportive learning community 2. Create a culture of excellence 3. Foster, in both faculty and students, a “growth mindset” that emphasizes the importance of effort 4. Develop thinking dispositions in all members of the school community 5. Assign work that matters. 6.     Provide models of excellence 7. Develop a culture that encourages feedback and revision. 8. Prepare students to make public presentations of their work 9. Use rubrics to help students take responsibility for their learning 10. Encourage mastery learning. It is important to note that all these practices are integral to what is now discussed under the banner of “deep learning”. The character values or strengths defined variously by authors cited in this article build on the work of Thomas Lickona and Matthew Davidson in Smart & Good High Schools, jointly published by the Center for the 4th and 5th Rs (Respect & Responsibility, which subsume MC & PC) and the Character Education Partnership in 2005.

Language – English

Author(s)/Editor(s)/Director(s) – Character Education Partnership

Access Location(s)PDF

Publisher/Producers – Character Education Partnership

Year of Publishing/Release-2008

User – Students, Teachers, Educators, Parents, School Leaders, Professional Development, Trainers

Level – Undergraduate, Post-Graduate, School, College,  Senior Secondary, Pre-service, In-service