Research Methodologies and Phases

Research Methodologies

Dr. Phil Cummins, Managing Director of CIRCLE, and Brad Adams, Director of Education at CIRCLE, lead the research on this project. CIRCLE staff and associated external academic experts assist them. Character Education in Schools for Boys deploys a variety of quantitative and qualitative research methodologies, with emphasis on surveys, interviews, and focus groups. Using online conferencing optimizes global participation and connection. The second year of the project includes regional research workshops. Research design, data collection, and data analysis adhere to professional standards.

Research Phases

The project will proceed through four phases, as indicated here.

Phase 1
  • Project schools are selected and introduced to the research process. (August – September 2016)
Phase 2
  • An online discovery and culture capture survey on character education is conducted with key stakeholders: teachers, students, parents, school leaders, and others. (September – November 2016)
  • Project schools start the process to select and document their effective practices in character education in the curriculum, co-curriculum, and community life. (January – March 2017)
  • Project schools provide feedback on the results of the discovery and culture capture survey. Each school receives an individualized report of the survey data analysis. (January – March 2017)
  • Project schools give feedback and reflection on a draft report of findings emerging from research activities in the first year of the project. (May – June 2017)
Phase 3
  • Additional targeted surveys, questionnaires, on-site focus groups, and online conference calls may be held as the draft framework for character education is developed. (October 2017 – March 2018)
  • Regional research workshops to develop and test an emerging draft framework for character education are held in the major regions. Project schools send a small team of teachers and school leaders to their regional research workshop. (November 2017 – March 2018).
Phase 4

  • Regional conference calls are held with project coordinators and others to review and give feedback on the next iteration of the draft framework for character education. (May 2018)
  • Incorporating this summative feedback, the final report is submitted to the IBSC. (June 2018)
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