ERIC Number: ED342565
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Mar-17
A Case Study of Perceptions of Student Character Development in a Small Rural School.
Martin-Reynolds, JoAnne; And Others
As part of an ongoing research project, this study examined the relationship between character traits and school variables, home variables, and personal variables. Freshman and sophomore students from a small rural high school in Ohio were selected for the study based on their scores on the Character Trait Questionnaire (CTQ). The CTQ contains 12 hypothetical situations representing the character traits of courage, justice, temperance, and wisdom. Each student completed a self rating and was then rated by three randomly selected peers and three teachers. Students rated in the top 20% were identified as having high character scores, while the students rated in the lowest 30% were identified as having low character scores. Two years later, 33 of these students were interviewed using questions based on a national survey involving time-use diaries. Students in the high-character group spent more time studying than the low-character group, but the low-character group spent more hours working outside the home. The high-character group was composed of 80% girls, while the low-character group tended to be approximately 50% girls and 50% boys. The high-character group had a mean grade point average of 3.40 and the low-character group had a mean grade point average of 1.91. Comparisons are made with studies of time use in Japanese children. The report contains six figures comparing students' use of time. (KS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Note: In: Reaching Our Potential: Rural Education in the 90's. Conference Proceedings, Rural Education Symposium (Nashville, TN, March 17-20, 1991); see RC 018 473.