London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

‘It has to come from the heart’: Character education in playschools

Author(s) Síta Pétursdóttir, S.  
Publisher CiCe Publications  
Year 2006  
Editor A. Ross, Citizenship Education: Europe and the World  
Language English  
Age group -  
Does regular and systematic discussion about moral issues in playschools affect children’s behaviour? This paper discusses findings from a study in three playschools in Akureyri, northern Iceland. The schools focused on character education, emphasising ethics and values in their daily work. The main conclusion is that playschool-aged children can adopt values and place them in the context of every day life. Regularly discussing moral issues increases social the skills and moderation of both children and adult staff. Playschool children are able to respect others’ wishes and can resolve conflicts in a positive way. Whether this difference is temporary acceleration or a stage of ethical development that would otherwise be less likely to be achieved is an interesting question.

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