Date of Award
Action Research Project
Master of Arts in Education
One basic goal of all educational systems should be to prepare students to be effective members of a society. For these reasons, it is imperative that school districts and educators across the nation look at developing, implementing, and teaching students basic character education traits. Our team explored the influence character education had on positive behavior in our classrooms. Specifically, our data comes from two English Language Learner classrooms containing 33 total juniors and seniors, and one traditional English class containing 25 total seniors. We collected four types of data, including pre and post-surveys, PACK Referrals, a daily observational Tally Sheet, and student interviews. Our results indicate a clear relationship between character education and student awareness of character traits. This supported our belief that character education should be developed, implemented, and taught in school districts. As a result, we recommend schools seriously consider implementing a solid character education program.
Montonye, Matt; Butenhoff, Sonja; and Krinke, Shawn, "The Influence of Character Education on Positive Behavior in the Classroom" (2013). Masters of Arts in Education Action Research Papers. 6.