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ERIC Number: ED566158
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 77
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3037-3385-7
Effect of Character Education on Student Behavior in Kindergarten
Stewart-Burrison, LaWanda
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Walden University
Student misbehavior in the classroom is often reported as an area of concern for teachers. Having to focus on classroom management rather than content results in a loss of important instructional time, which can have a deleterious impact on student academic achievement. The purpose of the study was to examine whether a character education program (CEP) can have an impact on kindergarten student behavior and whether gender influences it. Bandura's social cognitive theory and the principles of direct instruction, modeling, practice, and reinforcement were used in this investigation of the CHARACTER COUNTS! program, which was the CEP used in this study. A single group, pretest-posttest, non experimental design was used with a convenience sample of 145 students to answer the questions of whether implementing a CEP for 8 months in kindergarten improved student behavior and whether gender influences the outcome. The dependent variable was the students' behavior score measured by teachers' daily evaluation of student behavior, and the main independent variable was time (pre/post test) with a secondary independent variable of gender. Based on the t-tests results, student behavior scores improved significantly after 8 month's of participating in the CHARACTER COUNTS! CEP, and the average postintervention behavior scores were significantly higher for the girls than the boys. It appears that the CEP had a positive impact on the behavior of all kindergarten students, but even more so for the girls. Because the CEP improved student behavior, it has the potential to bring about positive social change by helping students develop more prosocial behavior. Additionally, these findings can be used locally by administrators and teachers to promote CEPs districtwide. [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: Kindergarten; Primary Education; Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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