chapter  19
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Toward a Reconsideration of the Character Curriculum

Researchers of teaching and learning have consistently found that any text, including a curriculum, may be constructed, interpreted, and acted on quite differently depending on the values, mental frameworks, goals, and other factors that particular readers and teachers bring to them in given times and places. Transactional theories of reading (Beach, 1993) are grounded in the finding that readers construct meaning from literary texts on the basis of a constellation of textual, contextual, intertextual, and per-

Character is formed by doing the thing we are supposed to do, when it should be done, whether we feel like doing it or not.