In order to implement a character education program in the classroom, educators need to feel efficacious, understand the strategies and skills of character education, and have professional development experience in the subject. This study, using correlational quantitative approach, examined the relationship between teacher efficacy, understanding of character education, and professional development to character education implementation. The survey used in this study was designed to rate the teachers' efficacy for character education, rate their current knowledge level of character education strategies and skills, rate their perception of professional development on character education, and rate their implementation of character education. Data was collected from certified middle school teachers and analyzed using correlation statistics such as frequency distributions, Pearson product-moment coefficient (Pearson r) and One-way ANOVA. The discussion summarizes the findings, presents conclusions, offers recommendations, and discusses implications relative to the relationship between character education implementation to teacher efficacy, teacher understanding of character education, and professional development. The study showed that teachers who understand and have had professional development in character education were more likely to implement character education strategies and skills into the classroom. The study is a step up in the effort of connecting teacher efficacy, teacher understanding and professional development to character education implementation with a goal of contributing to training and equipping future teachers for character education.
|Commitee:||Dhaliwal, Simrit, Flood, Donna|
|Department:||School of Education|
|School Location:||United States -- Minnesota|
|Source:||DAI-A 72/09, Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Middle School education, Teacher education|
|Keywords:||Character education, Character education implementation, Middle school, Professional development, Teacher efficacy|
Copyright in each Dissertation and Thesis is retained by the author. All Rights Reserved
The supplemental file or files you are about to download were provided to ProQuest by the author as part of a
dissertation or thesis. The supplemental files are provided "AS IS" without warranty. ProQuest is not responsible for the
content, format or impact on the supplemental file(s) on our system. in some cases, the file type may be unknown or
may be a .exe file. We recommend caution as you open such files.
Copyright of the original materials contained in the supplemental file is retained by the author and your access to the
supplemental files is subject to the ProQuest Terms and Conditions of use.
Depending on the size of the file(s) you are downloading, the system may take some time to download them. Please be