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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Office of Testing and Assessment
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
Defining and Measuring Character and Character Education: A Workshop
Project Scope

An ad hoc committee will plan and conduct a 2-day public workshop to:

  • identify the most commonly used definitions of character and character education;
  • delineate similarities and differences between character and interpersonal and intrapersonal competencies
        such as collaboration, persistence, and self-management;
  • discuss research on promising practices in character education; and
  • explore challenges and opportunities for measuring both character and the efficacy of 
        character education programs.

The committee will plan and organize the workshop, select and invite speakers and discussants, and moderate the discussions. After the workshop a summary of the discussions at the workshop will be prepared.

This study is sponsored by the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation.


Deborah Vandell (Chair), Professor and Founding Dean, School of Education, University of California, Irvine
Catherine P. Bradshaw, Professor, Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development, Curry School of Education, University of Virginia
Lucy N. Friedman, President, ExpandED Schools
Ellen Gannett, Director, National Institute on Out-of-School Time, Wellesley Centers for Women, Wellesley College
Stephanie Jones, Marie and Max Kargman Associate Professor, Graduate School of Education, Harvard University
Richard M. Lerner, Bergstrom Chair, Director of Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development, Eliot Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development, Tufts University
Velma M. Murry, Professor and Lois Autrey Betts Chair, Peabody College at Vanderbilt University
Jennifer B. Urban, Associate Professor, Monclair State University


December 2, 2015
Workshop Planning Meeting
Keck Center
(Closed to the public)

July 26-27, 2016
Workshop on Approaches to the Development of Character (click for more info)
NAS Building
2101 Constitution Ave., NW
Lecture Room
Washington, DC


Alix Beatty, Study Director
Kelly Arrington, Sr. Program Assistant

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