Date of Award

Summer 2017

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Educational Specialist (EdS)

Department

Department of Graduate Psychology

Advisor(s)

Tammy Gilligan, Ph.D.

Abstract

The purpose of this project was to explore the understanding of the concept of kindness from the perspective of children. Fifteen elementary students were interviewed by the researcher about what kindness means to them. Through the use of grounded theory, themes were identified by searching student responses for common phrases and key words. Interviewing children about their conceptions of kindness without comparing the responses to adult responses will give a better indication about how children develop definitions and rules pertaining to kindness. This will inform future research and programs pertaining to elementary aged students understanding of the concept of kindness.

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