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“Like Produces Like”: John Heyl Vincent and His 19th Century Theory of Character Education
Journal of College and Character
  • Catherine Ganiere, Brigham Young University
  • Scott L. Howell, Brigham Young University
  • Richard Osguthorpe, Boise State University
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
5-7-2007
Abstract
An examination of late 19th century writings about character development by popular educator and revered Methodist bishop John Heyl Vincent (1832–1920) sheds additional insight on early character education theory. Vincent is best known as the cofounder of the Chautauqua movement in 1874. However, his theoretical constructs for character development merit not only acknowledgment in the discipline’s official history but also further investigation and discussion by today’s scholars. The constructs identified from early writings suggest that effective character education occurs in both the home and the school and requires parents and teachers who model good moral character. This article posits the importance of a teacher’s moral character as the central idea of Vincent’s theory of character education, and it provides one example of how theories of character education at home transitioned to theories of character education at school during this important time period.
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Citation Information
Catherine Ganiere, Scott L. Howell and Richard Osguthorpe. "“Like Produces Like”: John Heyl Vincent and His 19th Century Theory of Character Education" Journal of College and Character (2007)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/richard_osguthorpe/24/