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ERIC Number: ED493780
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Sep-28
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 4
Skills for Action. What Works Clearinghouse Intervention Report
What Works Clearinghouse
"Skills for Action," a program to build positive character values and life and citizenship skills for students in grades 9-12, includes classroom lessons and service learning. The program, with more than 100 lessons focused around 26 personal, social, and thinking skills, ranges from one semester to four years in length. Students explore personal stories highlighting values and behavior through teachers' questions and group discussion and resource pages in the curricular materials. For service learning, students perform school-based or community-based projects and reflect on their experiences. One study of "Skills for Action" met the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) evidence standards with reservations. The study included almost 1,800 high school students in 26 classrooms from 25 rural, suburban, and urban schools in seven states in the eastern and central United States. The study authors examined results on students' knowledge, attitudes, and values. The WWC reviewed two studies on "Skills for Action"; one study met WWC evidence standards with reservations. It reported student outcomes in the knowledge, attitudes, and values domain. The study reported no statistically significant or substantively important findings. Therefore, the WWC rated the program as having no discernible effects on knowledge, attitudes, and values. Character education, an evolving field, is beginning to establish a research base. (Contains 3 footnotes.) [This publication was produced by the What Works Clearinghouse. The following study is reviewed in this intervention report: Laird, M., Bradley, L. R., & Black, S. (1998). "The final evaluation of Lions-Quest's Skills for Action." Newark, OH: Lions Quest, Lions Clubs International Foundation.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Institute of Education Sciences (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States
IES Funded: Yes