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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Do teacher efficacy, teacher understanding, and professional development influence the implementation of a character education program?
by Iyer, Ranjani B., Ph.D., Capella University, 2011, 160; 3460635
Abstract (Summary)

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.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Stabile, Chris
Commitee: Dhaliwal, Simrit, Flood, Donna
School: Capella University
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
Publication Number: 3460635
ISBN: 978-1-124-72740-0
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