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Burke, Jolanta; McGuckin, Conor – Journal of Character Education, 2022
A substantive body of research demonstrates negative bias toward reporting characteristics of young people associated with bullying and cyberbullying in schools, as both victims and perpetrators. The current study proposes a different approach. A sample of 2,799 postprimary school pupils aged 12 to 19 years (M = 15.5, SD = 1.66), divided equally…
Descriptors: Bullying, Personality, Computer Mediated Communication, Secondary School Students
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Park, Anna; Thierry, Karen; Norris, Karen; Venzor, Erika; Nobles, Sandra – Journal of Character Education, 2022
This study examined whether optimism is a unique predictor of fourth and fifth graders' academic performance. The few studies that have examined this relationship with students in middle childhood have ignored relevant covariates and have focused on higher socioeconomic White students. In the present study, we examined the relationship between…
Descriptors: Positive Attitudes, Grade 4, Grade 5, Academic Achievement
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Johnson, Keith; McGrath, Robert E.; Bier, Melinda; Brown, Mitch; Berkowitz, Marvin W. – Journal of Character Education, 2022
The "What Works in Character Education" project (WWCE; Berkowitz & Bier, 2007) was a descriptive summary of significant findings in the empirical literature on character education for the period 1945 to 2004. It employed a broad definition of character education to include related positive youth development programs such as…
Descriptors: Values Education, Kindergarten, Elementary Secondary Education, Social Emotional Learning
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Frausel, Rebecca R.; Velez, Gabriel; Mandviwala, Tasneem; Kubota, Jennifer – Journal of Character Education, 2022
We examine whether story exchanges (where students take turns presenting a partner's story in the first person) increase empathic feelings and self-other overlap among adolescents. Students ages 13-16 years (n = 175) from a New York City public school completed measures (including self-report empathy and self-other overlap) before undergoing story…
Descriptors: High School Students, Empathy, Story Telling, Perspective Taking
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Pool, Andrew C.; Doolittle, Danielle; Laberee, Nora; Traurig, Shannon; Ginsburg, Kenneth R.; Bier, Melinda C.; Funk, Christopher D. – Journal of Character Education, 2022
This article presents a case study on parental discipline to describe a novel methodology for conducting rapid reviews using article-level metrics. A team of 3 researchers searched for studies that met predetermined thresholds of influence based on article-level metrics. These metrics included number of citations within the scientific literature…
Descriptors: Information Dissemination, Child Rearing, Research, Literature Reviews
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Baumsteiger, Rachel; Riches, Brian; Mangan, Susan A.; McConchie, James; Bronk, Kendall Cotton – Journal of Character Education, 2022
Youth purpose has important implications for behavior and well-being, yet there is limited information about the types of purpose that young people pursue. The current study contributes insight into the content of purpose through a survey of 316 adolescents and young adults. Analyses of responses revealed that young people rated their purposes as…
Descriptors: Adolescents, Young Adults, Goal Orientation, Self Concept
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Perry L. Glanzer; Theodore F. Cockle – Journal of Character Education, 2022
Research describing students' perceived moral growth, instead of research based on a scholar's predetermined vision of moral growth is sorely lacking. What do students themselves perceive as the nature and extent of their moral development or regression during their college years? What do they identify as the major positive or negative influences…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Moral Values, Undergraduate Students, College Seniors
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Jonathan M. Tirrell – Journal of Character Education, 2022
Character education programs in elementary schools are believed to be important for fostering moral development and preparing children to thrive in civil society. Character develops through social relationships across contexts. However, transgressions, such as school bullying, threaten the relationships that foster character development.…
Descriptors: Ethics, Moral Development, Grade 4, Grade 5
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Michelle Zhou; Julia Linger; Jonathan Sepulveda; Terese Lund; Belle Liang; Angela DeSilva Mousseau – Journal of Character Education, 2022
This qualitative study examined the intertwined processes of purpose development and meaning-making of 15 participants (12 females, 3 males; age range 18-21 years) students from three private universities on the East Coast of the United States. Consensual qualitative research analysis revealed that as participants considered their purpose in life,…
Descriptors: Private Colleges, Resilience (Psychology), Adjustment (to Environment), Personality Traits
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Angela Weiyi Wang; Maurice J. Elias; Edward Selby; Simon Daniel – Journal of Character Education, 2022
This study evaluated the relationship between social-emotional learning (SEL) and peer perceptions of youth leadership in a group of 203 students (38.9% Hispanic; 28.6% Black; 21.2% White; 10.3% Asian; 1.0% Others) in Grades 6th-8th from two diverse urban middle schools in New Jersey. Results indicated that SEL had a significant and positive…
Descriptors: Social Emotional Learning, Student Attitudes, Grade 6, Grade 7
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Richard D. Osguthorpe; Sarah K. Clark; Richard R. Sudweeks – Journal of Character Education, 2022
The Self-Efficacy in the Moral Work of Teaching Scale (SMWTS) is designed to measure the self-efficacy of teachers in relation to the moral work of teaching. We used confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) and exploratory structural equation modeling (ESEM) to examine the factor structure of the SMWTS in a sample of preservice teachers (n = 152)…
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, Values Education, Ethical Instruction, Moral Values
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Lamb, Michael; Brant, Jonathan; Brooks, Edward – Journal of Character Education, 2021
Despite renewed academic interest in virtue ethics and character education, institutions of higher education have largely neglected the character education of university students. This article seeks to make two contributions to the theory and practice of character education within the university, with a particular focus on postgraduate students.…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Ethics, Literacy, Educational Philosophy
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Hansen, William B. – Journal of Character Education, 2021
The goal of this article is to explore relations between adolescent values, interests in activities, and their bonding to school. This article presents survey research findings that examine 1,928 sixth- and seventh-grade students' responses to survey prompts about 15 terminal values adapted from Rokeach's (1973) theory of values, prompts about 11…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Student School Relationship, Extracurricular Activities, Student Attitudes
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Nygreen, Kysa; McDermott, Kathryn – Journal of Character Education, 2021
Recent trends in education reform have brought renewed attention to performance character strengths such as grit, growth mindsets, and self-control. In this article, we explore how secondary teachers (Grades 5-12) in a variety of school types understood character education generally, and performance character education specifically. Research…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Values Education, Secondary School Teachers, Personality Traits
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Schaefer, Hillary S.; Callina, Kristina Schmid; Powers, Jeremiah; Kobylski, Gerald; Ryan, Diane; Lerner, Richard M. – Journal of Character Education, 2021
A developmental model linking professionalism and character growth is implemented at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point (USMA) through its programs and policies. The current study used growth-modeling techniques to examine developmental relationships between metrics of professional development and performance outcomes at USMA and assessed…
Descriptors: Military Schools, Grade Point Average, Professionalism, Values Education
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