Preferred Name

Jason Cha

Date of Award

Summer 2017

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)

Department

Department of Graduate Psychology

Advisor(s)

Elena Savina

Anne Stewart

Robin Anderson

Abstract

This small-scale pilot study explored the effectiveness of proposed research instruments in measuring the outcomes of the prosocial and global education curriculum, Journey Around the World (JAWD), regarding attitudes toward school, affective language, prosocial motivation and behavior of second-grade school students.

Overall, the results of this study support the research methodology. Specifically, the proposed measures demonstrated the capacity to detect the positive changes following the Journey Around the World program in the attitudes toward school, learning motivation, affective vocabulary, and prosocial behavior and motivation. Furthermore, the results demonstrated the sensitivity of the proposed method to reflect the children’s growing appreciation for diversity and cultural perspective taking. Nevertheless, some measures needed modifications. These include the following: 1) the Peer Nominations method should be reduced to include only one question per category; 2) the Sticker Sharing test should include three distinct emotions (e.g., sadness, anxiety, and fear) and photographs of different characters; 3) only one situation per category of prosocial behavior to assess children’s perceptions of others’ motivations for prosocial behaviors; and 4) all the proposed stories should include hypothetical characters of different ethnicity and/or culture to accurately assess children’s cultural sensitivity.

The results also indicate a need to refine the Journey Around the Curriculum implementation to place more emphasis on exploring the effect of the curriculum on children’s oral and written language, including teaching emotional vocabulary. All in all, the obtained results can be used for refining both the Journey Around the World curriculum and the outcome measures in order to conduct a large-scale program evaluation study in the future.

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