Date Approved


Embargo Period


Document Type


Degree Name

M.A. in Learning Disabilities


Interdisciplinary and Inclusive Education


College of Education

First Advisor

Urban, Stanley


First grade (Education); Moral education (Primary); Second grade (Education); McGuire Air Force Base (N.J.)


Disability and Equity in Education


The purpose of this study was to determine the effectiveness of a program of character education administered to a group of first and second grade children over a six-month period. The subjects for this study attended or are presently attending Atlantis Elementary School, located on McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey. This information can help determine whether or not an unstructured character education curriculum can lead to improvement in moral and ethical decisions. Participants were administered two forms of an assessment over a six-month period. The first assessment was executed in September of 2001. The participants were then introduced to one supplementary term per month. They received prescribed lessons one day per week. At the culmination of the sixth month, the participants were administered a final assessment. The results of the two assessments were then examined for changes in moral decision making. The data reveals that there is a significant contrast between the pre-test and post-test to demonstrate improvement in judgments.