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character/ morality education
The study aimed to examinethe effects of character/ morality education on junior high school students. It was an action research under taken in a school setting. All the lessons were devised based on the six morality topics, caring, respect, responsibility, honesty, oral and empathy. The topic, caring, was the lesson done in the researcher’s pre-procedure stage while the other 5 topics were chosen by the students. All the data were collected and analyzed through the video tapes, interviews, worksheets, parental feedbacks, and checklists. The major purpose of the study was: 1. To conceive and launch the character/ morality education program based on different subjects. 2. To explore the influences that Examples, learning from great people, have on character/morality education. 3. To probe what the teacher and students have gained because of character/ morality education. 4. To examine the effects that character/ morality education has on classroom management. 5. To offer the suggestions, according to the findings, about the future development of character/ morality education, and for the teachers who would like to give character/ morality education lessons. Findings from the 6-month action research on character/ morality education were as follows: 1. The students’ and the teacher’s knowledge of character and morality got broadened. 2. The student-centered lessons helped increase the student participation. 3. Corresponding to action research spiral, the learning efficiency was promoted. 4. The influences of the character/ morality education program A. On students: a. Character/ morality education was meaningful and valuable. b. The character/ morality education cultivated the student’s courage and confidence to speak up. c. The column of daily good deeds boosted students’ introspection. d. The character/ morality education improved the friendly atmosphere in the classroom. e. Excellent essays inspired the students. f. The writing competence got developed. B. On educators: a. Performance Art class got more interesting. b. The competence of applying the computer and information technology into teaching was acquired. c. The students could enjoy constant interaction with the teacher. d. The classroom management became more effective. e. The competence in devising a lesson plan grew more professional. Finally, further implications based on the findings are put forward with ultimate aim of enhancing students’ development of character and morality.
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