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2006Research Conference | June 15–16

This conference highlighted the work of invited speakers, independent researchers who have received grant funds from the Institute of Education Sciences, and trainees supported through predoctoral training grants and postdoctoral fellowships. The presentations are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the U.S. Department of Education or the Institute of Education Sciences.
Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill
400 New Jersey Avenue, N.W.
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The Character Education Inquiry

Allison J. Nebbergall, University of Maryland, College Park
Gary D. Gottfredson, University of Maryland-College Park
Lucia Martin, Anne Arundel County Public Schools
Joseph Nese, University of Maryland-College Park
Amy Silverman, University of Maryland-College Park
William Strein, University of Maryland, College Park
Debbie Wooleyhand, Anne Arundel County Public Schools

Abstract: Selected early results of an experimental, randomized controlled trial testing the effectiveness of a prevention program aimed at fostering the social and emotional competence of elementary school students will be described. The curriculum addresses three core competencies: Empathy Training, Impulse Control and Problem-Solving, and Anger Management. Procedures for monitoring implementation integrity, the measures used to assess student social competency, and the technical approach to an outcome evaluation of the first of three years of implementation will be presented. We will emphasize data on extent and quality of program implementation, and focus on the psychometric properties of assessment data derived from teacher and parent reports on student behavior in grades 1 through 5, student reports on their own behavior. This project is part of a larger cooperative Social and Character Development Research Program for which initial outcome results will be first released by IES at a later time. Results presented here will be limited to examinations of school environmental influences on developmental processes in elementary grades over the course of a school year.