S-Space College of Education (사범대학) Center for Educational Research (교육종합연구원) SNU Journal of Education Research (SJER) SNU Journal of Education Research vol.26 (2017)
Critical Considerations on Issues in Character Assessment
- Issue Date
- 서울대학교 교육종합연구원
- The SNU Journal of Education Research, Vol.26 No.2, pp. 25-55
- character ; character assessment ; character education ; character education evaluation ; educational evaluation ; the character education promotion act
- This paper is a revised version of the authors Masters thesis, Critical Considerations on Issues and Methods of Character Assessment, submitted to Department of Ethics Education, Seoul National University in February 2017.
- Evaluation is essential for developing effective education and for introducing it to students. The same applies to character education as well, but evaluating character is not a simple task. Character is a value-oriented concept of `a desirable image of human being,` constantly changes throughout one`s life, is often affected by situations, and has multiple aspects. Regarding these characteristics, I discuss that interpretive tradition is more suitable than positivist tradition in evaluating character. When positivistic measurement participates as a pivotal role, serious problems would occur. It could lead character education into the mean of indoctrination, and students` characters could be distorted by concentrating only on some aspects. After all, it could make all of the efforts on character education useless that had been done before. Here I suggest principles of character assessment to retain its original purpose for improving character education and cultivating students` characters.