Date Approved


Embargo Period


Document Type


Degree Name

M.S. in Teaching


Interdisciplinary and Inclusive Education


College of Education


Wassell, Beth A.


Moral education (Primary); Self-esteem in children


Elementary Education and Teaching


This action research project is on the topic of self-esteem in the classroom done through character education activities and high levels of positive interaction with student and teacher. The study incorporated field notes, observations, and interviews with students through surveying which were done in a third grade classroom in New Jersey. It portrays the idea that self-esteem is vital and invaluable to students in elementary education, which can be achieved simply through interaction between teacher and student on a regular basis. It also brings forth the idea that in order for students to be successful, they must first understand the importance of their hard work, and the feeling that success brings. It shows that to understand self worth and to value one's achievements is an essential piece of self-esteem that many students lack. In other words, this study shows that in order to find happiness in success, you must be presented with the challenge and recognize the idea of the achievement in that goal. This action research project shows that it is essential to incorporate self-esteem into education. As well as the idea of self-esteem, self-awareness and positive self-image is important. For this to be done, students must be presented with the idea that they are worthy of the success which can be attained in their educational journey.