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ERIC Number: ED057919
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Sep-7
Pages: 32
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The Contribution of Developmental Psychology to Education--Examples from Moral Education.
Kohlberg, Lawrence
This address starts by explaining the educational philosphy of John Dewey. In this context, the central aims of education are cognitive and moral development. In a pluralistic society, the teaching of morals poses a grave problem and gives rise to a belief in moral and ethical relativity. This address proceeds to show what is wrong with ethical relativity conceptions and to show that the developmental-philosophic strategy is the only clear non-relativistic strategy for educational aims. The school's major conscious aim is seen as academic achievement as defined by tests and grades. According to Dewey, an educational experience which stimulates development is one which arouses interest, enjoyment and challenge in the immediate experience of the student. From the progressive or cognitive-developmental perspective, insofar as behavior changes are of reversible character, they cannot define genuine educational objectives. Central to the progressive approach is the longitudinal perspective, the perspective that the worth of an educational effect is to be determined by its effects upon later behavior and development. (CK)
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Identifiers: Dewey (John)
Note: Address to American Psychological Association, Division of Educational Psychology, Washington (September 7, 1971)