2008.第36卷第1–2期(Vol. 36 Nos. 1–2).pp. 77–95



The Construction and Implementation of School-based Core Ethical Values

李琪明(Chi-Ming Angela LEE)




A central priority of modern values education is to present certain core ethical values to serve as a standard in a changing society, which is subject to great variance in both moral judgment and action. These core ethical values represent certain basic societal order and consensus and may offer people living in the same community a better life with justice, caring, and autonomy. “Character-based school culture” (CBSC) model, which has clear rationale and multiple strategies, focuses on how to construct and implement core ethical values in schools. The main purpose of this article is to introduce how the author applied the idea of CBSC model into one Taiwanese elementary school and one junior high school for two years. First, in cooperation with these two schools, the author helped to construct their core ethical values of school through a democratic process, which included meetings and participation of staff, students, and parents. Second, teachers took part in a number of workshops held by the author in order to improve their professional skills and better enable them to learn to fuse core ethical values into formal, informal, and hidden curricula with creative strategies. Finally, the author used both qualitative and quantitative research methods to evaluate the effectiveness of the experimentation. This article revealed that the construction and implementation of school-based core ethical values can improve values education of schools with high quality and sustainable development.