Date Approved

5-6-2004

Embargo Period

4-21-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in School Psychology

Department

Educational Services and Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Dihoff, Roberta

Second Advisor

Klanderman, John

Subject(s)

Learning disabled teenagers--Education (Secondary)--United States; Moral education (Secondary)--United States

Disciplines

Educational Psychology

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of a character education program on students with developmental disabilities. Both the experimental (n=20) and the control (n=14) groups were administered a pre-test during the same week. Following this, a six-week character education program was implemented with the experimental group. A post-test was then administered to both groups. Two hypotheses were generated; primarily, character education would improve post-test scores in the experimental group compared to pre-test scores from within that group and post-test scores from the control group. Secondarily, behavioral data would display a decrease in maladaptive behaviors for the experimental group. Data analysis showed no significant improvement in the experimental group in relation to post-test scores or behavioral data. Significant differences were noted between the mean scores on the pre-test and post-test between the two groups. Implications for further research and character education programs for students in this population are discussed.

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