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Moral education; Character--Study and teaching;


The purpose of this master's paper is to familiarize educators with character education as a curricular entity and to demonstrate that it is worthwhile to intermingle character education into a program without detracting from students' core subjects. A review of literature indicates that there is a character crisis among youth in America. Although character education has been present in some form in the earliest schools up to now, this intervention is being resurrected in schools with assistance from national organizations such as Character Education Partnership and CHARACTER COUNTS!

Ideas for the inclusion of character education are presented followed by a discussion of assessment. It is concluded that character education programs are successful as demonstrated by the Child Development Project in Oakland, CA (Lickona, 1991), the Jefferson Junior High School initiative in Washington, DC (Schaeffer, 1997-98), and the Jefferson Center Character Education Curriculum in Los Angeles (Lickona, 1991). In the summary of this paper, a CHARACTER COUNTS! program that was implemented at Clegg Park Elementary in West Des Moines, Iowa is described in detail.

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Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education


Department of Curriculum and Instruction

First Advisor

Gregory P. Stefanich


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