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Building Decision Skills
Character Education

Building Decision Skills, combined with service learning, was found to have potentially positive effects on students' knowledge, attitudes, and values.

Building Decision Skills aims to raise middle and high school students’ awareness of ethics, help them gain experience developing core values, and give them strategies for dealing with ethical dilemmas. Building Decision Skills consists of 10 lessons that can fill 2 consecutive weeks of daily lessons or be drawn out over a longer period. Using readings, handouts, and overheads, the teacher covers key concepts. Students are encouraged to think about the key concepts through small-group activities, class discussions, and homework assignments. The program also includes schoolwide components such as group discussions, seminars, and assemblies, and can be combined with service learning.


study that met standards out of
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Effectiveness Rating Grades Evidence Tier
Knowledge, attitudes, & values Potentially positive effects 12

Last Updated: April 2007


Male: 25%
Female: 75%

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Note: This summary only includes data from studies that reported sample information. The Intervention Report may include evidence from other studies that met standards, but did not report sample information.

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This intervention report was prepared for the WWC by American Institutes for Research under contract ED-02-CO-0022.

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