Research Demonstrating the Effectiveness of Character Education

Several educators, school leaders and parents often find themselves asking questions about how schools can better meet the needs of students' social and emotional well-being. Luckily, effectiveness research in the field of character education has answered many of those questions.

  • Do Supportive School Environments Postively Affect Academic Achievement?
Schaps, E. (2005). Published as Chapter 3 in Getting Results, Developing Safe and Healthy Kids Update 5: Student Health, Supportive Schools, and Academic Success. Developed by the Safe and Healthy Kids Program Office, California Department of Education.
  • How Does Character Education Relate to the Prevention of Problem Behaviors?
Battistich,V. (2005).Character Education, Prevention, and Positive Youth Development. Washington, DC: Character Education Partnership.
  • Does Character Education Make Children Feel More Positive About Schools, Teachers, and Peers?
Rimm-Kaufman, S.E. (2006). Social and Academic Learning Study on the Contribution of the Responsive Classroom® Approach. Curry School of Education and Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning: University of Virginia.

  • Does Character Education Help Teach Other Skills and Concepts?
Berkowitz, M. and Bier, M. (2004). Research-Based Character Education. The ANNALS of the American Political and Social Science.

  • How Do I Help My School Become More Emotionally Intelligent?
Lewis, C., Schaps, E., and Watson, M. (2003). Published in EQ + IQ : How to build smart, nonviolent, emotionally intelligent schools, edited by M. Elias, H. Arnold, and C. Steiger Hussey, 100-108. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.