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ERIC Number: ED511795
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. The What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) reviewed three studies on An Ethics Curriculum for Children. One study met WWC evidence standards with reservations. It reported student outcomes in the behavior and attitudes, knowledge, and values domains for students in grades 1-3 and students in grades 4-6 separately. None of the WWC-computed overall effect sizes were statistically significant or large enough to be substantively important. So the WWC rated the program as having no discernible effects in the behavior or the knowledge, attitudes, and values domains. Character education, an evolving field, is beginning to establish a research base. The evidence presented in this report is limited and may change as new research emerges. Appendices include: (1) Study characteristics: Leming, 2000 (quasi-experimental design); (2) Outcome measures in the behavior domain and in the knowledge, attitudes, and values domain; (3) Summary of study findings included in the ratings for the behavior domain and the knowledge, attitudes, and values domain; and (4) Ratings for the behavior domain and for the knowledge, attitudes, and values domain. (Contains 5 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: What Works Clearinghouse (ED)
Identifiers - Location: Illinois; Pennsylvania