Character matters : perceptions of teachers and administrators

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Nolan, Deneen
University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Education
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Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Faculty of Education, 2004
In a time when school violence and insensitivity to others have become everyday realities, many educators are seeking an all-encompassing solution. Simultaneously, interest is growing in efforts to instil values in youth, to help families by reinforcing a sense of right and wrong, and to show students the kind of people we hope they will become. Teachers and administrators today are challenged to educate children morally as well as academically. Character education programs can provide our youth with the information and skills they need to mature into ethical and virtuous people. One School's response to this current issue was to implement the Community of Caring program. To gain a better understanding of the implementation of the Community of Caring program and its effects on a school community, this study explores the perceptions of teachers and administrators in a large urban school. This case study focuses on one particular school that implemented the Community of Caring program in September 2003. Results show that teachers and administrators through their involvement in and support of the program were able to impact school climate and student character development. Analysis of preand post-survey data determined that the implementation of the program had made a positive effect on the critical elements of school culture and the strong support of administrators and teachers is crucial to the success of the program.
vii, 88 leaves ; 29 cm. --
Moral education -- Alberta -- Calgary , Educational sociology -- Alberta -- Calgary , Education -- Moral and ethical aspects -- Alberta -- Calgary , School administrators -- Alberta -- Calgary -- Attitudes , Teachers -- Alberta -- Calgary -- Attitudes