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ERIC Number: ED493439
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Sep-8
Pages: 18
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 3
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
Lessons in Character. What Works Clearinghouse Intervention Report
What Works Clearinghouse
"Lessons in Character" is designed to promote elementary and middle school students' knowledge about core character education values and, through that knowledge, shape children's positive behaviors and support academic success. It consists of 24 lessons organized around weekly themes, taught through stories, writing activities, and class projects. Teachers introduce the theme with a story that shows a value in action; students then engage that topic with a variety of activities. The program also includes daily oral language development and weekly writing assignments, optional parts of the program's implementation. One study of "Lessons in Character" met the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) evidence standards, and a second study met WWC standards with reservations. The two studies included a total of more than 400 students from fourth and fifth grades attending schools in three southern states. The studies examined results on students' behavior; knowledge, attitudes, and values; and academic achievement. "Lessons in Character" was found to have potentially positive effects on academic achievement. It had no discernible effect on behavior or on knowledge, attitudes, and values. Appended are: (1) Study Characteristics: Dietsch, Bayha, & Zheng, 2005 (Randomized Controlled Trial); (2) Study Characteristics: DeVargas 1998 (Quasi-Experimental Design); (3) Outcome Measures in the Behavior Domain; (4) Outcome Measures in the Knowledge, Attitudes, and Values Domain; (5) Outcome Measures in the Academic Achievement Domain; (6) Summary of Study Findings Included in the Rating for the Behavior Domain; (7) Summary of Study Findings Included in the Rating for the Knowledge, Attitudes, and Values Domain; (8) Summary of Study Findings Included in the Rating for the Academic Achievement Domain; (9) Summary of Detailed Study Findings in the Knowledge, Attitudes, and Values Domain; (10) Rating for the Behavior Domain; (11) Rating for the Knowledge, Attitudes, and Values Domain; and (12) Rating for the Academic Achievement Domain. (Contains 3 footnotes.) [This publication was produced by the What Works Clearinghouse. The following studies are reviewed in this intervention report: (1) Dietsch, B., Bayha, J. L., & Zheng, H. (2005, April). "Short-term effects of a character education program among fourth grade students." Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association annual meeting, Montreal, Quebec, Canada; and (2) DeVargas, R. C. (1998). A study of "Lessons in Character": The effect of moral development curriculum upon moral judgment. "Dissertation Abstracts International," 59 (11-A), 4042. (UMI No. 9913706).]
What Works Clearinghouse, 2277 Research Boulevard, MS 6M, Rockville, MD 20850. Web site: http://www.whatworks.ed.gov/.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Institute of Education Sciences (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
IES Funded: Yes