chapter  5
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Theoretical Framework

In this study we analyze the discourse of character education, as evidenced in successful proposals submitted to OERI. Our notion of discourse includes three elements: Gee's (1990) outline of ideology, Bakhtin's (1981) construct of dialogism, and Kristeva's (1984) views on intertextuality. We next review each of these three concepts and their relation to our project, which shares Purpel's (1997) assumption that the current character education movement "represents an ideological and jJOlitical movement rather than a debate about curricular and instructional matters" (p. 140), although we see the curriculum, instruction, and, we would add, assessment offered in service of character education as part of the discourse itself.