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Character Compass: How Powerful School Culture Can Point Students Toward Success Paperback

ISBN-13: 978-1612504865 ISBN-10: 1612504868

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  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard Education Press (October 23, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612504868
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612504865
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #883,264 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Scott Seider, a rising star in the field of education, has crafted an eloquent presentation of the lessons learned from three case studies of character education. Rather than present yet another implementation model, Character Compass highlights the importance of process, context, diversity, and commitment to a vision. This is a unique, intelligent, articulate, and valuable addition to the body of knowledge informing best and comprehensive practices. --Marvin W. Berkowitz, Sanford N. McDonnell Professor of Character Education, University of Missouri St. Louis

In this timely and solidly researched book, Scott Seider offers a vivid account of how three Boston-area charter schools cultivate character in their students. Seider carefully examines the distinct ways that the schools foster moral, behavioral, and civic dimensions of character, making the case throughout that a school s efforts to foster character do not come at the expense of academic achievement rather, they enhance it. This book will be an important read for educators, policy makers, and citizens who care about the full character development of the young. --William Damon, professor of education and director of the Center on Adolescence, Stanford University

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Scott Seider is an assistant professor of education at Boston University and an adjunct lecturer in education at Harvard University.

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By Alexander Schuh on April 30, 2013
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This book helps with framing a discussion about character and how to create school environments that might foster skills that are helpful for success in life. It's a start, but don't expect to find the solution here. The matter is complex, and very poorly understood. In fact, a school might not have much ability to influence the development of a person's character, relative to their home and environment outside of school, or just the particular mix of kids in the school that a certain person chooses to hang out with. This type of social engineering might be thought of as desirable, but it's hard to know whether it's even possible. Studying what influences a person's behavior over a lifetime takes, well, a lifetime!
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By Alexa LeBoeuf on April 17, 2013
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While I have only had a chance to start reading, I love this book so far. It is clear and draws interesting distinctions between the types of character education models. A must read for all in the field of education
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