Building Schools of Character: A Case-Study Investigation of Character Education's Impact on School Climate, Pupil Behavior, and Curriculum Delivery


Robert White, Room 103 Old Anatomy Building, Centre for Psychiatry, Queen Mary, University of London, Charterhouse Square, London, UK EC1M 6BQ. E-mail:


Within an action research framework, this investigation used a mixed-method case-study approach to investigate what impact character education has on school climate and pupil behavior within a primary school situated in an Education Action Zone of East Anglia, England. Both quantitative and qualitative data sets suggest that the implementation of a multicomponent socioculturally inspired character-education program can have positive effects on school climate, pupil behavior, and staff morale. In addition, the findings indicate that there is a positive effect on the school's ability to meet the social, emotional, and cognitive needs of pupils following the implementation of a whole-school prosocial development program rooted in empirical evidence from psychological and educational research.