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Date of Graduation

Summer 2017

Document Type


Degree Name

Educational Specialist (EdS)


Department of Graduate Psychology


Tammy D. Gilligan

Ashton Trice

Patricia Warner


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.