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Exploring Social Emotional Character Development Curricula in Teacher Education Programs in Wichita, Kansas
by May, Cathy Dianne, Ed.D., Grand Canyon University, 2014, 266; 3637687
Abstract (Summary)

In the spring of 2012, Kansas became the first state in the nation to integrate social, emotional, and character development (SECD) education into a set of state standards to heighten Kansas' K-12 students' academic and life skills, thus requiring all current and future teachers to be versed in this type of education. The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore how department leaders and professors of teacher-education programs in Wichita, Kansas, perceived a restructured SECD teaching curriculum was necessary to enhance their preservice teacher curriculums. Two research questions and four sub-questions explored perceptions of the three department leaders and four professors from each faculty of Wichita's three teacher-education departments regarding the significance and necessity of Kansas' new social, emotional, character development (SECD) state standards. Data were collected via an online questionnaire, personal interviews, and departmental documents. Assimilated results between the three departments were mixed. The emergence of three themes centered on the lack of knowledge of the new standards, the use and integration of dispositions, and the importance of strong leadership. All respondents indicated the significance of the new standards, with respondents from two of the departments alluding to the possibility of the new standards being integrated at some future point into their curriculums. The implications for this study, which was the first of its kind in Kansas, supported both the significance and necessity for the new state SECD standards, and the importance of strong leadership in higher education when making curricular changes and adjustments.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Krell, Robert A.
Commitee: D'Urso, Patricia, Dunn, Steven
School: Grand Canyon University
Department: Doctoral Studies
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: DAI-A 76/02(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Education Policy, Teacher education, Curriculum development, Higher education
Keywords: Character education, Emotional intelligence, Higher education leadership, SECD education, Social intelligence, Social, emotional, character development, Teacher dispositions
Publication Number: 3637687
ISBN: 978-1-321-20660-9
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