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100 1  McCaffrey, Kathleen M 
245 14 The effect of a character education program on the 
       perceptions of young adolescents regarding their school's 
       climate and their ability to internalize loyalty and 
       perseverance 
300    165 p 
500    Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 73-
       03, Section: A, page: 0968 
500    Adviser: Hema Ramanathan 
502    Thesis (Ed.D.)--University of West Georgia, 2011 
520    The difficulty with contemporary character education 
       programming at the state and federal level is that when 
       these character education programs do exist, they greatly 
       vary without a definite or required curriculum. Even more 
       importantly, there is no effort taken to measure program 
       effectiveness in regard to the perceptions of young 
       adolescents regarding their school's climate or student 
       ability to internalize specific aspects of character 
       education that these programs are intended to impact 
520    The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of
       a character education program on the perceptions of young 
       adolescents regarding their school's climate and their 
       ability to internalize loyalty and perseverance. To 
       acquire a multidimensional understanding of the study's 
       topic, a series of pretest and posttests for qualitative 
       and quantitative data were gathered 
520    Conclusions were drawn that this study's findings add to 
       the body of knowledge about character education programs 
       and their impact on student perceptions of school climate,
       as well as a student's ability to comprehend and 
       internalize concepts such as loyalty and perseverance as 
       good qualities. Furthermore, knowing that student 
       perceptions can be influenced positively by way of 
       schoolwide character education adds to our understanding 
       of the possible effects of a character education program 
       while highlighting the place for such programming within a
       middle grades curriculum. From this study we can also 
       conclude that the implementation of a character education 
       program can aid in a student's ability to imagine the 
       value and meaning of character traits such as loyalty and 
       perseverance to their life 
590    School code: 0366 
650  4 Education, Secondary 
650  4 Education, Curriculum and Instruction 
690    0533 
690    0727 
710 2  University of West Georgia 
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