Research Based Character Education

Character GPS uses teaching and evaluation strategies based in widely accepted educational research.  We build on the basic principles embedded in Bloom’s Taxonomy of learning objectives.  Specifically, those principles are:

  • Educational objectives may be classified into three domains:
    • Cognitive (knowing/head)
    • Affective (feeling/heart)
    • Psychomotor (doing/hands)
  • Within the domains, learning at higher levels is dependent on learning at lower levels

The 3 DomainsOur desire is deep, complete and lasting learning of character values, so we have designed the program to address, as much as is practical, the sequential, progressive learning steps in each of the three learning domains, i.e., the following:

  • Cognitive: knowledge, comprehension, application, analysis and synthesis.
  • Affective: receiving, responding, valuing, organizing and characterizing
  • Psychomotor: perception, set, guided response, mechanism, complex overt response, adaptation and origination.

Based on these principles, Character GPS exposes students to observation and participation activities that produce progressively higher learning outcomes.  These outcomes are measured frequently to provide direction for improvement.

Learning Process - Blooms Model