Handbook of Moral and Character Education / Edition 1

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There is widespread agreement that schools should contribute to students' moral development and character formation. Currently 80% of states have mandates regarding character education. This apparent support for moral education, however, masks a high degree of controversy surrounding the meaning and the methods of moral and/or character education. The purpose of this Handbook is to replace the ideological rhetoric that infects this field with a comprehensive, research-oriented volume that includes the extensive changes that have occurred over the last fifteen years. Coverage includes the latest applications of developmental and cognitive psychology to moral and character education from preschool to college settings.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805859614
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 3/5/2008
  • Series: Educational Psychology Handbook Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 656
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

@toc:1: Introduction and Overview, Larry Nucci and Darcia Narvaez

Section I: Defining the Field: Historical, philosophical and methodological foundations

2: Philosophical Moorings, Thomas Wren

3: Moral Self-Identity as the Aim of Education , Dan Lapsley

4: Moral Education in the Cognitive Developmental Tradition, John Snarey

5: Traditional Approaches to Character Education in Britain and America, James Arthur

6: Character Education as the Cultivation of Virtue, David Carr

7: School, Community and Moral Education, Kenneth A. Strike

8: Research and practice in moral and character education: Loosely coupled phenomena, James S. Leming

Section 2: Relationships in Schools and Classrooms

9: Caring and Moral Education, Nel Noddings

10: Developmental Discipline and Moral Education, Marilyn Watson

11: Social Interdependence, Moral Character and Moral Education, David W. Johnson, Roger T. Johnson

12: The Just Community Approach to Moral Education and the Moral Atmosphere of the School

F. Clark Power & Ann Higgins –D’Alessandro

13: Social and Emotional Learning, Moral Education, and Character Education: A Comparative Analysis and a View Toward Convergence, Maurice J. Elias, , V. Megan Kash, Roger P. Weissberg, Mary Utne O’Brien

14: Peer Relationships and Social Groups: Implications for Social and Moral Education, Stacey S. Horn, Christopher Daddis, Melanie Killen

Section 3: Contemporary Approaches

15: Moral Education and Domain Theory, Larry Nucci

16: Human Flourishing and Moral Development: Cognitive and Neurobiological Perspectives of Virtue Development, Darcia Narvaez

17: The Child Development Project: Creating Caring School Communities, Victor A. Battistich

18: Constructivist Approaches to Moral Education in Early Childhood, Carol Hildebrandt, Betty Zan

19: Smart & Good Schools: A New Paradigm for High School Character Education, Matthew Davidson, Thomas Lickona, Vladimir Khmelkov

20: Fostering the Moral and Civic Development of College Students, Anne Colby

21: What Works in Character Education: What is Known and What Needs to be Known , Marvin W. Berkowitz, Victor A. Battistich, Melinda Bier

22: Education for Integrity: Connection, Compassion and Character, Rachael Kessler with Catherine Fink

Section 4: Moral and Character Education Beyond the Classroom

23: Positive Youth Development in the United States: History, Efficacy, and Links to Moral and Character Education, Richard F. Catalano, J. David Hawkins, John W. Toumbourou

24: The Moral and Civic Effects of Learning to Serve, Dan Hart, M. Kyle Matsuba, Robert Atkins

25: Sport and the Development of Character, David Light Shields, Brenda Light Bredemeier

26: The Community Contribution to Moral Development and Character, Jim Lies, Kendall Cotton Bronk, Jennifer Menon Mariano

27: Media and Prosocial Behavior in Children and Adolescents, Marjorie J. Hogan, Victor C. Strasburger

Section 5: Professional Issues

28: Guided by Theory, Grounded in Evidence: A Way Forward for Professional Ethics Education, Muriel J. Bebeau, Verna E. Monson

29: Teacher Education for Moral and Character Education, Merle Schwartz

30: Teaching Ethically as a Moral Condition of Professionalism, Elizabeth Campbell

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  • Posted November 13, 2009

    Fascinating Overview of the Challenging Moral/Character Education Field

    This extensive volume contains individual articles from a huge range of research and thought that you never knew was out there: the neurobiological underpinnings of Character Education; the problems of defining and measuring morality; the benefits of Constructivist views of education on moral reasoning; the philosophical foundations for moral education. Specific programs for character Ed are reviewed and compared as best they can be. The only missing link for me was the absence of a good cross-cultural section.

    These articles are aimed for the intellectual/scholarly community; I doubt the average parent or teacher would appreciate them. For me this was a godsend as I am an educator, researcher, and learner in this field.

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