The article discusses the importance of formal, empirical character assessment for better understanding of the formation of character and for promoting virtue and thereby also human and community flourishing. Taking a Humanities perspective to assessing nuanced outcomes, the article gives attention to a number of challenges in developing instruments that focus solely on self-reporting and suggests potential instruments and approaches for assessing character through community or other-reporting.
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character education, assessment, measurement, community, humanities
Chris Bobier, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the department of theology and philosophy as well as the associate director of the Hendrickson Institute for Ethical Leadership at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.
Michael Hahn, Ph.D., is the assistant dean of the school of education at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota where he also serves as an assistant professor and the program director of character and virtue education.