ERIC Number: ED216954
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Oct-1
Reference Count: N/A
An Exploratory Study of the Impact of the Character Education Program within the Dade County Public School System.
Greenberg, Barry; Fain, Stephen
The Character Education Program which was implemented in 52 elementary schools in 1979-80 in the Dade County public school system is evaluated. Objectives of the evaluation were: (1) to determine how much the character-building materials were used and how the teachers valued the materials; (2) to determine attitudes of students toward the use and effectiveness of the materials; (3) to obtain teachers' suggestions relating to any future use of the materials; and (4) to assess cognitive differences on tests between students in the Character Education Program and a comparable group who were not in it. In the evaluation, eight schools were chosen from the 52 using the materials. Within each school, teachers in the third and fifth grades were given a questionnaire designed to address the objectives of the study relating to their perceptions of the effectiveness of the program. Students in the program and the comparable group completed questionnaires and two tests--The Character Education Test and the Stanford Achievement Test. Findings showed that teachers and students appear to be most favorably disposed toward the program, teachers use the materials on a regular basis, and most teachers do not believe that the materials have been responsible for behavioral changes in their students. There was no measurable differences in character building between those students in the program and those not in it. The authors concluded that the program should be continued, but not expanded until its actual effects can be determined. Tests and questionnaires are appended. (NE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Lilly (Eli) and Co., Indianapolis, IN.; Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, Miami, FL.
Authoring Institution: Florida International Univ., Miami.