Date Approved

7-1-2019

Embargo Period

8-5-2019

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. Special Education

Department

Interdisciplinary and Inclusive Education

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Shuff, Margaret

Subject(s)

Moral education; School children--Conduct of life

Disciplines

Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education | Special Education and Teaching

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to determine if character education in schools is effective enough to positively increase students' moral and ethical behaviors and values. Students' behaviors in grades Kindergarten through fifth across three different elementary schools were examined. Measurements were taken prior to the implementation of a character education program and were reexamined after the first year. The results of the study revealed all three schools decreased in filed discipline reports and increased in positive behaviors from the execution of character education programs.

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