Prof Thomas Lickona, PhD


Dr. Thomas Lickona, PhD is a developmental psychologist and Professor of Education at the State University of New York at Cortland, where he has done award-winning work in teacher education and currently directs the Center for the Fourth and Fifth Rs (Respect and Responsibility). He has also been a visiting professor at Boston and Harvard Universities.

A past president of the Association for Moral Education, Dr. Lickona now serves on the advisory councils of the Character Education Partnership, Character Counts Coalition and Medical Institute for Sexual Health.

Dr. Lickona is a frequent consultant to schools on character education and a frequent speaker at conferences for teachers, parents, religious educators, and other groups concerned about the moral development of young people. He has lectured across the United States and in Canada, Japan, Switzerland, Ireland, and Latin America on the subject of teaching moral values in the school and in the home.

Dr. Lickona holds a Ph.D. in psychology from the State University of New York at Albany and has done research on the growth of children’s moral reasoning. He has been named a State University of New York Faculty Exchange Scholar and the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award from the State University of New York at Albany.

“Your Autograph Pleassse, Prof Lickona”

His publications include a graduate text, Moral Development and Behavior (1976); a popular book for parents, Raising Good Children (1983); a book describing his 12-point character education program, Educating for Character: How Our Schools Can Teach Respect and Responsibility (1991); and a collection of essays by various authors, Character Development in Schools and Beyond (1992). Educating for Character has been praised as “the definitive work in the field” and was named winner of a 1992 Christopher Award for “affirming the highest values of the human spirit.” His most recent books are Character Matters—How to Help Our Children Develop Good Judgment, Integrity, and Other Essential Virtues (2004) and Character Quotations (2004), co-authored with Matthew Davidson. Dr. Lickona’s current work includes directing an 18-month study of high school character education and a forthcoming report, Smart and Good High Schools: Developing Excellence and Ethics for Success in School, Work, and Beyond, with national dissemination in January, 2005.



Dr. Lickona’s work has been featured in the New York Times Magazine article cover story, “Teaching Johnny to be Good” (April 30, 1995); in two videos, “Character Education: Restoring Respect and Responsibility in our Schools” and “Eleven Principles of Effective Character Education” (National Professional Resources); and in a four-part video training series on character education (Quality Educational Media, Inc.) In October, 2001, the Character Education Partnership presented Dr. Lickona with the “Sandy” Award for lifetime achievement in character education.

Dr. Lickona has also been a guest on numerous radio and TV talk shows, including The Larry King Live Radio Show, Good Morning America, and Focus

A special song for Prof Lickona.

A visit to St Andrew’s Junior

Praises for Prof Thomas Lickona :

“Thank you for bringing Prof Lickona. To be able to hear from him personally about Character Education has indeed been enriching, motivating and fulfilling.” Sharon Choong , Woodgrove Pri

“A very inspirational and outstanding speaker and educator with sound pedagogies for infusion into academic subjects.” Yuhua Sec School

“Insightful sharing of ideas and resources which we can use and implement.”

“Always an inspiration to me. This time, I am further equipped with important tools such as the 4 keys to bring back to my school and make it a point to implement such that it becomes a habit to my pupils.” Phoebe Ng, Cedar Girls Sec School

“As a principal, this is one of the most impactful and meaningful seminar I have ever attended. Thank You Prof Lickona.”

“Thank you for the wonderful programme, Prof Lickona. Please continue to return to Singapore and teach us to teach better.”

“Very practical ideas on Character Education, well grounded on theoretical frameworks.”

“It is a real privilege to hear Prof Lickona speak. This presentation was convincing not just because of his personal belief but also because of the fact that it was based on research.” Lim Wan Lee, Raffles Girls Sec School.

“Great materials with very practical strategies. Very Inspiring 2 days. Thank You Very Much! ! “

“I like the practicality of the lecturer’s response to questions posed. Makes me do soul-searching as an Educator.” Woodgrove Pri

“Thank you Prof Lickona, for being an inspiration and continuing the good work you do.”

HOD, Pasir Ris Sec

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Prof Thomas Lickona for an inspiring seminar on Character Education. The stories scenarios & Strategies shared by him are wonderful. Thanks”

“What I like about his seminar : Useful strategies, excellent videos, clarification of moral character and performance character.”

“Speaker is very knowledgeable and passionate about his work.” Raffles Girls Pri School

“There is a personal commitment from the organizers and presenter to let as many people as possible learn about Character Education. I have found them to be very generous with their resources. Thank You.”

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