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Character education in Ukrainian universities: Exploration of university leaders’ approach to moral and civic formation of undergraduate students

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Since Ukraine’s independence in 1991, transition to a functioning democracy remains slow and corruption has reached systemic levels. Higher education institutions with their capacity to facilitate students’ formation as democratic citizens have been a major arena for corrupt practices. Research suggests a relationship between a person’s level of moral development and their civic formation as a democratic citizen. In addition, a moral and ethical response to corruption and, particularly, moral and character education has been identified as one of the top successful anti-corruption strategies. Character education has historically played a central role in Ukraine’s Soviet and post-Soviet pre-K – 16 curricula. Today, Ukraine’s higher education institutions continue to play important role in moral, ethical, and civic formation of young professionals through academic curriculum and organizational culture and practices.
This is a study of Ukrainian Catholic University, the only Catholic university in the former USSR with a distinctly transformational mission. It seeks to understand the university leaders’ approach to students’ moral character and civic education. The study’s conceptual framework is informed by the theories of moral and character education, theology, and historical context of post-Soviet transition. This study employs qualitative case study methodology. Data collected from university and national policy documents, artifacts, and interviews explores the leaders’ philosophy of moral character and civic education, the university’s methodological and curricular framework of moral character and civic education, and its organizational framework (processes and policies) that exist to facilitate this process. This is a dissertation study in progress, and this poster presentation will report on the study in its near-completion stage.

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Moral and character education, education for democracy
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Filiatreau, Svetlana. "Character education in Ukrainian universities: Exploration of university leaders’ approach to moral and civic formation of undergraduate students" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, May 01, 2011 <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p492506_index.html>

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Filiatreau, S. , 2011-05-01 "Character education in Ukrainian universities: Exploration of university leaders’ approach to moral and civic formation of undergraduate students" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec, Canada <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p492506_index.html

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Abstract: Since Ukraine’s independence in 1991, transition to a functioning democracy remains slow and corruption has reached systemic levels. Higher education institutions with their capacity to facilitate students’ formation as democratic citizens have been a major arena for corrupt practices. Research suggests a relationship between a person’s level of moral development and their civic formation as a democratic citizen. In addition, a moral and ethical response to corruption and, particularly, moral and character education has been identified as one of the top successful anti-corruption strategies. Character education has historically played a central role in Ukraine’s Soviet and post-Soviet pre-K – 16 curricula. Today, Ukraine’s higher education institutions continue to play important role in moral, ethical, and civic formation of young professionals through academic curriculum and organizational culture and practices.
This is a study of Ukrainian Catholic University, the only Catholic university in the former USSR with a distinctly transformational mission. It seeks to understand the university leaders’ approach to students’ moral character and civic education. The study’s conceptual framework is informed by the theories of moral and character education, theology, and historical context of post-Soviet transition. This study employs qualitative case study methodology. Data collected from university and national policy documents, artifacts, and interviews explores the leaders’ philosophy of moral character and civic education, the university’s methodological and curricular framework of moral character and civic education, and its organizational framework (processes and policies) that exist to facilitate this process. This is a dissertation study in progress, and this poster presentation will report on the study in its near-completion stage.


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