Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Meeting the mission: Enhancing character education at Tower Hill School
by Medeiros, Trisha Stevenson, D.Ed., University of Delaware, 2010, 97; 3423412
Abstract (Summary)

Independent schools have long enjoyed a reputation for providing an exceptional education that combines academic rigor with exposure to the arts, athletics, and other extracurricular activities. Tower Hill School, an independent college preparatory school in Wilmington, DE, also commits in its mission to developing character – specifically integrity, mutual respect, and collective responsibility. “Multa Bene Facta”, or “Many Things Done Well”, is the School’s motto but it is difficult to ensure that all of the goals are done well.

Through student surveys, faculty focus groups, and administrator interviews, this Executive Position Paper explores: (1) What does Tower Hill School currently do in support of its mission of character development and how effective are these initiatives? (2) What does a formal character education program look like and what are the best practices in the field? (3) What do THS community members want and need? (4) What will a formal character education program look like at THS and how will it be integrated securely into the community?

The study determined that the upper school does not have a clear plan to enhance character development in their graduates. This study addresses the needs and desires within the Tower Hill School community, then suggests how to embed a character education program in the School culture.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Hampel, Robert
Commitee: Bear, George, Hickey, Daniel, Rys, Gail
School: University of Delaware
Department: School of Education
School Location: United States -- Delaware
Source: DAI-A 71/11, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: School counseling
Keywords: Advisory, Character development, Character education, Delaware, Honor code, Independent schools, Service learning, Tower Hill School
Publication Number: 3423412
ISBN: 978-1-124-24198-2
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