Building Schools of Character: A Case Study Investigation of a Character Education Programme's Impact on School Climate and Pupil Behaviour

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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 behaviour within a primary school situated in an educational action zone of East Anglia, England. Both quantitative and qualitative data sets suggest that the implementation of a humanistic inspired character education programme can have positive effects on school climate, pupil behaviour and staff morale. In addition, the findings indicate that there is a positive effect on parental confidence in the schools ability to meet the social, emotional and cognitive needs of pupils following the implementation of a character education programme.


Keywords: Character Education, Pro-social Behaviour, Learner Engagement, School Climate, Staff Morale
Stream: Curriculum and Pedagogy; Student Learning, Learner Experiences, Learner Diversity
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: Building Schools of Character


Robert White

Lecturer, Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine
Centre for Psychiatry, Queen Mary, University of London

Lomdon, UK

Robert White is currently conducting research in East England, were he concentrates on the social emotional learning aspects necessary to provide an enriched and balanced approach to education which enhances the emotional well-being of all children. He also teaches at Queen Mary, University of London, Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine, Centre for Psychiatry in the MSc transcultural Mental Health Issues programme. His research interests encompass social emotional learning, sociocultural influence on readiness to learn and Vygotskian approaches to facilitation and Neo-Kantian perspectives on moral development: All directed by a sociocultural perspective on the development of psychopathologies, primarily in the focus of Autism, ADHD/ADD, ODD and CD of children and adolescents.

Ref: L08P0087