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ERIC Number: ED517081
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 186
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1240-0546-1
Searching for Character: A Case Study Analysis of Infused Character Education in the Middle Grades
Ricca, Joseph L., Jr.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Walden University
This descriptive case study examined the problem of how to implement an academically infused character education (CE) program in the middle grades and how students acted out the lessons of character taught by their teachers. This study addressed the problem of a lack of understanding regarding the strengths and weaknesses associated with the current CE program. The two central questions focused on how the character traits of respect and responsibility (RR) were infused into the academic curriculum and how those traits were demonstrated within the classroom. The purpose of this study was to examine how character trait infusion occurred and to identify how students actualized RR in their classes. The conceptual framework within the study was Lickona's model of infusing CE into the academic curriculum. Semistructured interviews were conducted with 15 students, 5 from each grade level, 6, 7, and 8, and 3 of their teachers. Six classroom lessons were observed. The data were analyzed as individual classroom cases, utilizing a priori and emergent coding, followed by cross-case comparison with data triangulation. Findings included that teachers desired professional development (PD) opportunities regarding CE and that students primarily learned RR at home. Conclusions indicate a need for more PD and a strong home-school relationship related to CE. Recommendations for future practice include strengthening the existing CE program within the local setting through teacher training and including an emphasis on RR in the academic curriculum. Findings associated with this study may be useful to educators that are attempting to implement similar CE models. Reinforcing CE learning through the development of a collaborative home-school partnership can promote pro-social behavior and responsible decisions in the home, school, and community. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 6; Grade 7; Grade 8; Middle Schools
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Language: English
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