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Lessons in Character
Character Education

Lessons in Character was found to have potentially positive effects on academic achievement. It had no discernible effect on behavior or on knowledge, attitudes, and values.

Lessons in Character is designed to promote elementary and middle school students’ knowledge about core character education values and, through that knowledge, shape children’s positive behaviors and support academic success. It consists of 24 lessons organized around weekly themes, writing activities, and class projects. Teachers introduce the theme with a story that shows a value in action; students then engage that topic with a variety of activities. The program also includes daily oral language development and weekly writing assignments, optional parts of the program’s implementation.


studies that met standards out of
eligible studies reviewed
Outcome Domain Effectiveness Rating Grades Evidence Tier
Academic achievement Potentially positive effects 4
Behavior No discernible effects 4
Knowledge, attitudes, & values Potentially positive effects 4-5

Last Updated: September 2006

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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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