Paper Type

Master's Thesis


College of Education and Human Services

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)



First Advisor

Dr. Marianne Barnes

Second Advisor

Dr. Elinor Scheirer

Third Advisor

Dr. Janice Wood


The curriculum developed in this project was designed to meet the needs of primary students in the areas of self-concept, decision-making, and locus of control. It provides activities that enhance these areas in the hope of positively influencing school achievement. The related literature and research review attempts to show the interrelationships between self-concept, school achievement, decision-making, and locus of control.

The project consists of 10-15 minute activities that do not require lengthy teacher preparation or numerous materials. The activities take into consideration Piaget's and Kohlberg's stages of development for kindergarten through second grade students. The content of the activities is not arranged in any particular sequential order. The focus of the content is in the affective domain with the activities dealing primarily with feelings, values, relationships with others, self-awareness, and making choices.

The curriculum was evaluated by surveying a team of primary teachers. Feedback was gathered concerning the appropriateness of the activities for primary students and the practicality of its use in the classroom.

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