Thesis Title

How Character Education and Conflict Resolution Strategies Foster a Positive Learning Environment

Graduation Date

Spring 2000

Document Type

Master's Thesis

Document Form

Print

Degree Name

Master of Science

Program Name

Education

Abstract

This action research project implemented and evaluated a seven month character education and conflict resolution strategies program. The study focused on how character education and conflict resolution foster a positive learning environment. Participating were sixth grade students, seventeen girls and thirteen boys, from a diverse population and socioeconomic background in a San Francisco, Bay Area school. Assessments of the program was made through teacher journal entries, student journals and essays, educational contracts, parent surveys, student surveys, parent and faculty memos. The Strategies were comprised of morning meetings, class meetings, conflict resolution Strategies, and character education activities that were tied into the regular curriculum. Activities were related to the six “building blocks” of character-trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship- Assessments revealed student success in academics, improvement in character traits, as well as increased self-image confidence in abilities.

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