VISTAS Online is an innovative publication produced for ACA by Dr. Garry R. Walz and Dr. Jeanne C. Bleuer of Counseling Outfitters, LLC. Its purpose is to provide a means of capturing the ideas, information and experiences generated by the annual ACA Conference and selected ACA Division Conferences. Papers on a program or practice that has been validated through research or experience may also be submitted. This digital collection of peer-reviewed articles is authored by counselors, for counselors. VISTAS Online contains the full text of over 900 proprietary counseling articles published from 2004 to 2017.
Using Bibliotherapy to Promote Multicultural Character Education in School Age Children
Kimberly N. Frazier and Laurie E. Gallman
Many theorize that teaching character education enhances students’ positive selfesteem, multicultural tolerance, and higher order thinking (Williams, 2000). Counselors in the school setting are in the best position to teach and reinforce social responsibility and positive ethical and cultural values through the delivery of a complete, comprehensive school counseling program (Britzman, 2005). Though many programs promote social responsibility and ethical values, few comprehensive counseling programs that include character education focus on the importance of teaching multicultural aspects of character education to young children (Lee, 2001). Current research literature proposes that the use of character education programming in schools can aid positive student development and student learning. Additionally, researchers propose many counseling interventions are only focused on remediation and psychological damage that can be linked to poor moral and ethical decision-making, thereby hindering a positive academic environment (Britzman, 2005).