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Every society aspires to nurture members that possess and exhibit positive character dispositions.
Given the general rise in social decadence among humanity, good character is continuously receiving much attention, much more than intellectual excellence.
To this effect, schools - being primary agents of socialization - are being encouraged more than ever to develop strong character formation programmes that will mold learners into responsible, virtuous and humane citizens.
This work examines some of the character formation approaches that have been employed in the Kenyan education systems with an aim of establishing their effectiveness.
It does so by comparing and contrasting the said approaches against established models of character formation and moral virtue theories.
The work targets education policy makers and curriculum developers by providing them with useful guides in matters character education.
Teachers and parents are equally looped in, given that they bear a heavy responsibility of bringing up children in the desired manner.
Reading through the work, one gets an answer to the age-old question: Can character be taught?
Wycliffe Osabwa, M.Ed: Studied Education, English and Literature at Bachelor's degree level; Philosophy of Education for Master's; and currently a doctoral student in the latter at Kenyatta University.
He is a lecturer of Educational Foundations at Alupe University College, Busia, Kenya.
He previously taught at secondary school level.
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