Date Approved

7-16-2007

Embargo Period

3-24-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.S. in Teaching: Collaborative Teaching

Department

Interdisciplinary and Inclusive Education

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Browne, Susan

Subject(s)

Inclusive education--New Jersey; Moral education (Primary)--New Jersey

Disciplines

Elementary Education and Teaching

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to implement a character education program with a third grade inclusion classroom at Cooper's Poynt School in Camden, New Jersey. This study was conducted in efforts to improve relationships and interpersonal skills using qualitative action research. Character education is a concept that describes implementing moral conduct in schools in order to encourage positive behaviors. Several benefits to character education programs include reduced negative behaviors, a more positive school environment conducive to learning, and higher academic achievement. This study conducted discusses the impacts of a character education program initiated in a third grade inclusion classroom. The use of surveys, students' artifacts, student discussions, students' journals, and the teacher researcher journal pointed to improvement of students' behaviors. The data collected and the implementation of an initial and final survey acknowledged an impact on improvement in a positive nature over the course of the instructional unit.

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