Date Approved

5-6-2002

Embargo Period

5-17-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in Learning Disabilities

Department

Interdisciplinary and Inclusive Education

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Urban, Stanley

Subject(s)

Millville Senior High School (Millville, N.J.); Learning disabled teenagers; Moral education (Secondary)

Disciplines

Disability and Equity in Education

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to determine if a program of character education implemented in a public high school over a 6 month period would lead to measurable changes in value judgments as measured by the Student Survey of Social and Emotional Learning. The instrument contained 21 items requiring value based judgments to be responded to using a 5-point likert scale. One sample T-test showed no difference at the .001 level of confidence across the 21 items assessed. Also measured were teachers' perceptions of change in student behavior and attitudes toward school. Teachers felt there had been some improvement in the students' attitudes. For character education programs to make objectively measurable changes in student behaviors will require sustained training over a long time period.

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