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ERIC Number: ED493436
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Sep-8
Pages: 12
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 5
An Ethics Curriculum for Children. What Works Clearinghouse Intervention Report
What Works Clearinghouse
"An Ethics Curriculum for Children," a read-aloud literature-based curriculum, aims to teach elementary school students seven universal attributes of good character. Lessons and home assignments are organized around multicultural stories. The program activities are designed to connect the experiences of characters in the stories to students' own lives. "An Ethics Curriculum for Children" also includes integration of character education themes across curricular topics and parental notification and involvement, optional parts of the implementation of this program. One study of "An Ethics Curriculum for Children" met the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) evidence standards with reservations. This study included nearly 1,000 elementary students attending semi-rural school districts in western Pennsylvania and southern Illinois. The study examined effects on students' behavior and knowledge, attitudes, and values. "An Ethics Curriculum for Children" was found to have no discernible effects on behavior or on knowledge, attitudes, and values. Appended are: (1) Study Characteristics: Leming, 2000 (Quasi-Experimental Design); (2) Outcome Measures in the Behavior Domain; (3) Summary of Study Findings Included in the Rating for the Behavior Domain; (4) Summary of Study Findings Included in the Rating for the Knowledge, Attitudes, and Values Domain; (5) Rating for the Behavior Domain; and (6) Rating for the Knowledge, Attitudes, and Values Domain. [This publication was produced by the What Works Clearinghouse. The following study is reviewed in this intervention report: Leming, J. S. (2000). Tell me a story: An evaluation of a literature-based character education programme. "Journal of Moral Education," 29, 413-427.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Institute of Education Sciences (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Illinois; Pennsylvania
IES Funded: Yes