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ERIC Number: EJ1154840
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Oct
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-2379-4690
The Promise of Character Education in Middle School: A Meta-Analysis
Diggs, Calvary R.; Akos, Patrick
Middle Grades Review, v2 n2 Article 4 Oct 2016
Early adolescence is a developmental stage characterized by changes in reasoning, social cognition, and desire for autonomy in youth aged 11-14 (or grades 6-8). This period is also associated with heightened impulsivity and risk-taking that has been linked to school-related challenges such as antisocial behaviors and declining grades. Character education, a particular brand of social-emotional practice, has been promulgated as a developmentally responsive program that can promote prosocial behavior and academic success by building upon existing developmental strengths. However, research findings to date are primarily informed by elementary school program outcomes. Due to this limitation, a meta-analytic review of recent research on middle school character education programs and interventions was completed. Findings demonstrate positive associations between character education and academic and behavioral success, as well as social and internal perceptions.
University of Vermont - Middle Grades Review. Waterman Hall, Burlington, VT 05405. Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Middle Schools
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Language: English
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