Building schools of character: A case-study investigation of character education's impact on school climate, pupil behavior, and curriculum delivery
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White, R. and Warfa, N. (2011) 'Building schools of character: A case-study investigation of character education's impact on school climate, pupil behavior, and curriculum delivery', Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 41(1), pp. 45-60.
Within an action research framework, this investigation used a mixed-method case-study approach to investigate what impact character education has on school climate and pupil behavior within a primary school situated in an Education Action Zone of East Anglia, England. Both quantitative and qualitative data sets suggest that the implementation of a multicomponent socioculturally inspired character-education program can have positive effects on school climate, pupil behavior, and staff morale. In addition, the findings indicate that there is a positive effect on the school's ability to meet the social, emotional, and cognitive needs of pupils following the implementation of a whole-school prosocial development program rooted in empirical evidence from psychological and educational research.