Date Approved

7-10-2006

Embargo Period

3-31-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.S. in Teaching

Department

Interdisciplinary and Inclusive Education

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Hespe, David

Subject(s)

Children's literature--Moral and ethical aspects; Primary school teaching

Disciplines

Elementary Education and Teaching

Abstract

The purposes of this investigation were to determine (a) the effects of using children's literature to increase positive character traits in elementary students; and (b) how character education can be taught to elementary students through the use of children's literature. The researcher chose six character traits to be used throughout the study. Each week a variety of children's literature pertaining to that week's trait was read to the class. After readings, class discussions and role playing activities were held. Students were given a pre/post assessment to judge student learning of positive character traits throughout the study. The results of this study have shown that children's literature is an effective tool to implement positive character traits in elementary students.

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