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ERIC Number: EJ901778
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 32
ISSN: ISSN-1543-1223
Next Steps for Research on SACD Programs: Embracing Complexity
Atkins, Marc S.; Shernoff, Elisa S.; Marinez-Lora, Ane
Journal of Research in Character Education, v7 n2 p119-126 2009
This commentary focuses on the promises and challenges facing the Social and Character Development (SACD) consortium in evaluating the effectiveness of seven universal SACD programs designed to enhance student behavior and school climate under conditions of real world practice. In this commentary, we highlight that the opportunity costs associated with SACD programs necessitates establishing their unique contributions over and above alternative academically-focused interventions, and that evidence for extensive adaptations in the implementation of the SACD programs can inform the development of contextually relevant and sustainable interventions. Suggestions are made for a hybrid approach to evaluating the core questions posed by the SACD programs that allows for rigorous examination of the natural conditions under which these interventions are implemented.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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