Academic journal article Journal of Character Education

Editor's Comments on Special Guest Edited Issue

Academic journal article Journal of Character Education

Editor's Comments on Special Guest Edited Issue

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This issue is special in a number of ways. First, it is the first issue in the 2010 volume (Volume 8) of the Journal of Research in Character Education. Hence it is represents the beginning of the JRCE' s eighth year. Second, it is our second "themed" or guest-edited issue in a row. This is something we have wanted to do for years. Despite "flirting" with various proposals for such issues, these are the two that have delivered and we are deeply appreciative of the guest editors who do much of the heavy lifting in bringing a set of papers to the journal for review. Volume 7, Number 2 was a themed issue guest edited by Tamara Haegerich on the Social and Character Development research program. It was an excellent collection of papers on one of the most rigorous scientific studies of character education to date, and the JRCE is privileged to publish it. Third, this is a highly international collect ion of studies. It includes authors and data sets from four countries.

Fourth, the current issue is not merely another excellent set of empirical papers concerning a exemplary character education program, namely EQUIP, but it also personally meaningful to me in many ways. Most notably, John Gibbs, one of the primary creators of EQUIP, was my first research collaborator in the mid-1970s when I was a postdoctoral fellow with Larry Kohlberg at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and I was still doing my master's thesis at Wayne State University. …

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