Date Approved


Embargo Period


Document Type


Degree Name

M.S. in Teaching


Interdisciplinary and Inclusive Education


College of Education

First Advisor

Hespe, David


Moral education (Elementary); Values clarification


Elementary Education and Teaching


The purpose of this study was to examine students and their values and the integration of teaching values in the school setting to determine whether or not it is beneficial to focus on teaching values within the classroom; and especially the value of respect. The instruments which were used to gather data in this study were a researcher journal, student artifacts, focus group meetings, and two charts. Students demonstrated a general understanding of what respect was and who they should be respectful to as well as how they should be respectful to them. In addition, the students completed a variety of assignments and participated in lessons centered around the idea of respect. Students were able to actively reflect on past experiences involving respect. It was established through these lessons that students would need a year round values program implemented to be most effective. Further implications for teaching these students were discussed including using more frequent lessons and implement a rewards system in regards to respect into the classroom management plan at the beginning of the year.