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Brooks, Jeff; Bock, Tonia; Narvaez, Darcia – Journal of Research in Character Education, 2013
The link between judgment and action is weak throughout psychology, including moral psychology. That is, people often do not act in accordance with their reasoning. Might moral judgment development be better viewed as a capacity that inhibits "immoral" behavior? One model that helps account for the moral judgment-action gap is Rest's…
Descriptors: Moral Values, Value Judgment, Antisocial Behavior, Motivation
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Comer, James P. – Journal of Research in Character Education, 2013
In this article, James P. Comer reflects on his work, informed by his research and practice in medicine, public health, psychiatry and child development, and in schools; but most heavily informed by his life experience as an African American male from a low income background, and his effort to understand his more fortunate outcome than that of…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Moral Values, Moral Development, Males
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Willems, Frank; Denessen, Eddie; Hermans, Chris; Vermeer, Paul – Journal of Research in Character Education, 2013
It may be argued that, from a virtue-ethical perspective, three aspects of a teacher's role in moral classroom conversations are of primary importance: (1) encouraging students to be morally reasonable, (2) stimulating the students' emotional involvement, and (3) guiding students toward a normative ideal of virtue. This study sets out to explore…
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Moral Values, Comparative Analysis, Ethics
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Ji, Peter; DuBois, David L.; Flay, Brian R. – Journal of Research in Character Education, 2013
The Social-Emotional and Character Development Scale (SECDS) is intended as a measure of social-emotional skills and character for elementary school-age children. This study investigated the measure's psychometric properties using data collected over 5 waves for a cohort of students followed from Grades 3 to 5 in 14 urban elementary schools (N…
Descriptors: Social Development, Emotional Development, Ethics, Validity
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Shields, David Light; Bredemeier, Brenda Light – Journal of Research in Character Education, 2011
The purpose of this article is to examine why and how sport coaches can play an important role in promoting citizenship and democratic character. As microcommunities, sport teams may provide potent venues for learning about the rights and responsibilities of belonging to social organizations; within teams, participants can practice the democratic…
Descriptors: Coaching (Performance), Citizenship Education, Values Education, Moral Development
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Oja, Sharon Nodie; Graham, Suzanne E.; Andrew, Michael D. – Journal of Research in Character Education, 2011
The goal of this study was to investigate how moral development changes over time for teacher education master's students during their year-long internship. Data on the Defining Issues Test-2 was collected at three points in time during the full-year teaching internships (beginning, end of first semester, and end of second semester). These…
Descriptors: Moral Development, Attitude Change, Preservice Teachers, Student Teacher Attitudes
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Holtzapple, Carol K. – Journal of Research in Character Education, 2011
Character education programs support the development of positive character traits in children and adults. Effective violence prevention programs improve pro-social competencies and reduce negative behaviors in students by enhancing protective factors (strong bonds with teachers; clear rules of conduct that are consistently enforced) and targeting…
Descriptors: Outcomes of Education, Prevention, Values Education, Personality Traits
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Holtzapple, Carol K.; Griswold, J. Suzy; Cirillo, Kathleen; Rosebrock, Jim; Nouza, Noreen; Berry, Cami – Journal of Research in Character Education, 2011
School-based character education and violence prevention programs focus on improving prosocial competencies and reducing negative behaviors in students. The Capturing Kids' Hearts Campus by Design model is a school-level intervention that impacts student behavior by enhancing school climate through improved relational and conflict management…
Descriptors: Program Implementation, Prevention, Adolescents, Values Education
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Seroczynski, A. D.; Johnson, Scott P.; Lamb, Kristen; Gustman, Brian – Journal of Research in Character Education, 2011
Drawing upon philosophical virtue theory (Kreeft, 1986; MacIntyre, 1984; Meilander, 1984; Pieper, 1966), as well as its growing psychological support (Peterson & Seligman, 2004; Vitz, 1990), we designed a pilot intervention for a small group of adolescents in an academic day-treatment program at a juvenile justice center. J. K. Rowling's…
Descriptors: Values Education, Delinquency, Juvenile Justice, Intervention
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Corrigan, Michael W.; Klein, Thomas J.; Isaacs, Thelma – Journal of Research in Character Education, 2010
This study highlights the efforts of a U.S. Department of Education's Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools Partnerships in Character Education Program grant awarded to an Appalachian region state education agency to study the effect of the integration of character education models into rural schools. More specifically, this study focuses on data…
Descriptors: Rural Schools, Trust (Psychology), Student Attitudes, Educational Attitudes
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Smagorinsky, Peter; Boggs, George L.; Jakubiak, Cori; Wilson, Amy A. – Journal of Research in Character Education, 2010
This study combines data from three case studies of teachers moving from their university teacher education programs into their first jobs, with data collected through observations and interviews totaling six observation cycles over the 2 years of data collection. The curricula for working class students that the three teachers taught represent a…
Descriptors: Curriculum, Working Class, Teacher Education Programs, Time Management
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Schneider, Stephanie H.; Duran, Lauren – Journal of Research in Character Education, 2010
In 2007-08 and 2008-09, 2,500 randomly-selected middle school students completed an annual survey on school climate and character development. In examining differences based upon grade, gender, race/ethnicity, school, and length of program participation, significant differences were found for all but length of program participation. Responses of…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Educational Environment, Values Education, Student Surveys
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Prince, Kort C.; Ho, Edward A.; Hansen, Sharon B. – Journal of Research in Character Education, 2010
This study examined the effects of the Living Skills school-based intervention program as a method of improving school adjustment and the social lives of at-risk elementary school students. Youth participants were referred to the program by teachers or school counselors based on perceptions of risk due to rejection and isolation, aggressive and…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Intervention, At Risk Students, Student Adjustment
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Power, F. Clark; Sheehan, Kristin K.; McCarthy, Kara; Carnevale, Tom – Journal of Research in Character Education, 2010
Character educators have a special responsibility to look after children's welfare. At a time when one out of every five children lives below the poverty line, and the United States ranks next to last among the wealthiest nations of the world in looking after the well-being of its children, character educators cannot be silent. Character educators…
Descriptors: Urban Youth, Values Education, Child Welfare, Child Advocacy
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Schaenen, Inda L. – Journal of Research in Character Education, 2010
This teacher research inquiry is a critical discourse analysis of second grade classroom talk about racial identity and dialect difference within the theoretical framework of moral philosophy. Participants in the study, which took place in an urban public district in a Midwestern United States city, included ten African American students and a…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, African American Students, Urban Schools, Classroom Communication
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