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Positive Action
Character Education

Positive Action was found to have positive effects on elementary school students' behavior and academic achievement.

Positive Action, a K–12 program, aims to promote character development, academic achievement, and social-emotional skills, and to reduce disruptive and problem behavior. The program is based on the philosophy that you feel good about yourself when you think and do positive actions, and there is always a positive way to do everything. All lessons are scripted and use classroom discussion, role-play, games, songs, and activity sheets or text booklets. Optional components include site-wide climate development; drug education for grade 5 and middle school; conflict resolution; counselor, parent, and family classes; and community/coalition components.

Findings

2
studies that met standards out of
5
eligible studies reviewed
Outcome Domain Effectiveness Rating Grades Improvement Index
Academic achievement Potentially positive effects K-6
 
 
14
Behavior Positive effects K-6
 
 
19

Last Updated: April 2007

Race

Asian
33%
Black
1%
Native American
1%
Pacific Islander
41%
White
15%

Ethnicity

Hispanic
2%
Not Hispanic
97%

Free & Reduced-Price Lunch

59%

Delivery Method

whole class icon
School

Locations

HI
South, West


Related Resources

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

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