Assessing Character Development and National Education – The Holistic Development Framework

Assessing Character Development and National Education – The Holistic Development Framework

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Assessing Character Development and National Education – The Holistic Development Framework

In developing our students to be good and useful citizens, one common problem that practitioners of Character Development and National Education face is that of finding out if the students have developed certain competencies. Often, due to the affective nature of the content, it is difficult to measure whether deep learning has taken place. As such, using the work of Lickona and Davidson (2005) as a basis, Henderson Secondary School has developed the Holistic Development Framework (HDF) in an attempt to guide students to achieve the desired outcomes of education and to assess the transfer of learning. The HDF is aligned to the school’,s vision, mission, values, 21st Century Competencies and encompasses the goals outlined in the Character and Citizenship Education Programme. The HDF also guides the school in the planning and execution of the total curriculum and serves as an evaluation tool of students’, personal attributes. This paper aims to explain the conceptualisation and implementation of the HDF and how we have used it to assess and recognise our students, and ultimately, realise the desired outcomes of education.

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