Here are some important questions relating to moral development that are explored in articles in the May 2023 issue (vol. 24, no. 2) of the Journal of College and Character:
1. How does authenticity relate to sprituality?
A Scale of Authenticity as a Secular Measurement of Spirituality
Nayoung Jang , K. C. Culver, and Nicholas A. Bowman
The authors propose a scale to measure college students’ authenticity, which is a closely related concept to spirituality. Read the article.
2. How do appreciative inquiry and leadership and learning theories inform community practice of DEI Principles?
From Talk to Action: An Appreciative Inquiry Approach to Diversity and Inclusion Work Within a Community of Practice
Roberta Maldonado Franzen and Mac T. Benavides
As a result of ongoing racial tension, interest in learning and development around diversity and inclusion has continued to rise across disciplines in recent decades. To prepare students to lead across differences, leadership educators must cultivate students’ capacity to engage in diversity, equity, and inclusion principlesThis article discuss how a community of practice developed a 28-Day Equity Challenge to examine social issues. Read the article.
3. How do coaches in NCAA DIII view character development?
Examining the Character Development in Intercollegiate Athletics: A Phenomenological Investigation of NCAA Division III and NAIA Head Coaches
Although existing literature examines coaches in youth sport and “big-time” college athletic programs, research on coaches in smaller programs (NCAA Division III and NAIA) remains scant. The authors use a phenomenological study to better understand what character development means to coaches in this context. Read the article.
4. How does faculty guidance influence students’ attitudes on collaborative homework behavior?
Collaborative Behavior or Collusion? Investigating Unpermitted Collaboration on Homework Among College
Lori McNabb, Patricia Somers, and Zach Taylor,
Given the changing learning environments necessitated by COVID-19, this study investigates how 12 college students at a highly selective Research 1 institution viewed collaboration, specifically unpermitted collaboration on homework, and how their attitudes were shaped by faculty guidance or lack thereof. Read the article.
5. How are higher ed institutions advancing bridgebuilding through campus activities that engage students of diverse religious, spiritual, and secular worldviews?
Expanding Avenues for Student Engagement With Diverse Religious, Spiritual, and Secular Worldviews
Shauna M. Morin
The author explores how interfaith approaches in the wake of 2020 are both well informed by IDEALS research and responsive to urgent issues of the day. It includes real-world examples of curricular and co-curricular initiatives taking place at institutions of varying types and geographic locations to advance equitable public health, racial justice, and bridgebuilding across political divides. Read the article.