The purpose of this study was to examine t he effectiveness of the character education program in school physical education. The effectiveness of the character education program was ascertained by the supplementary examination of Don Hellison's “Teaching Responsibility Model”. The character education program was used in the university physical education classes of the Karada-Hogushi No Undo. Two university physical education classes served as the control and the experimental groups. The experimental group participated in the character education program, while the control group did not.
In this s tudy, the effectiveness of the program was confirmed by measurement of social skills, through a character self-evaluation check list, a formative evaluation instrument of team building, a questionnaire and participant's personal comments. The results obtained from comparing t he two groups were as follows.
1. There was significant improvement in social skills and character among members of the experimental group when compared to those in the control group.
2. Social skills did not improve only by making the Karada-Hogushi No Undo merely exercise. In order to raise social skills, a method similar to the character education program is required.
3. The character education program was useful in routinizing a student's moral behavior.
4. The group learning was effective in raising feelings required for character building.