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The purpose of this research paper is to investigate the effectiveness of character education programs and how technology can be used to enhance student learning about character education. According to Laura and Malcolm Gauld (2002)" For families, educators, corporations, and communities, the biggest job we'll ever have is nothing less than a new paradigm for reconnecting education with core values." (p.1) The world of education is at a place where they are placing extreme importance on teaching our students values. This paper will discuss the true meaning of character education, give ideas on how to incorporate character education, and give examples of technology that is helping this process. Items such as the computer blocking software and parental controls will be explained. All of these things will make up what character education means to our students and schools.

Defining Character Education

Before we discuss methods of character education we must first define the term. Many sources define character education as different things but all reach one general view.

In the book, Bringing a New Era in Character Education Damon (2002) says, “there are two themes needed in character education today. The first is a consensus that fundamental moral standards must be passed along to the young and that educators at all levels bear a serious obligation to transmit these core standards to their students…The second theme that emerges from this volume is a shared determination to get rid of sterile old oppositions that have paralyzed even some of the best efforts in this field over the past decade.”(p.11) Damon’s view is a summary of the definition of all those involved in character education. The goal of character educa...

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...orporate character education into the classroom.

Damon, W. (Ed.). (2002). Bringing in a new era in character education. Stanford, CA: Hoover Press.

This book shows different peoples pint of views on what character education is and how they maintain it in their classrooms.

Frieman, B. (2001). Children at risk. New York: McGraw-Hill.

This book discusses different way children are at risk in the classroom and how to help them if they are at risk.

Gauld, L., & M. Gauld. (2002). The biggest job we'll ever have. New York: Simon and Schuster.

This book talks about the fact that teaching our children how to be good people is the hardest and most important job we will ever have.

Steyer, J. (2002). The other parent. New York: Atria Books.

The book by Steyer talks about how technology such has television and computers are parenting America’s children.

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