ERIC Number: ED137198
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
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Moral Reasoning: A Teaching Handbook for Adapting Kohlberg to the Classroom.
Galbraith, Ronald E.; Jones, Thomas M.
This book is a practical handbook designed to provide teachers with specific procedures and activities to apply Kohlberg's theory of moral development to the elementary and secondary classroom. Kohlberg theorizes that a person's moral reasoning develops through a series of six sequential stages. Accordingly, the purpose of moral education is to stimulate students' innate tendency to progress through these six stages. The central objective of this handbook is to present an instructional process and related learning activities that will help teachers accomplish this goal. The handbook begins with a brief introduction outlining its basic purpose and rationale. The first chapter explains Kohlberg's six stage theory of moral development and some generalizations drawn from his research. The second chapter describes and illustrates the essential ingredients of a moral dilemma story--the central teaching strategy in this approach to values education. Chapters three and four contain a teaching plan and a teaching process for using dilemmas, individual analysis, and small group discussion. Chapter five provides sample materials and suggestions for intermediate and secondary grades. Chapter six contains sample materials and suggestions for the elementary grades. The final chapter presents answers to frequently asked questions about values education. (JR)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Educational Theories, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Materials, Moral Development, Moral Values, Social Problems, Social Sciences, Teaching Methods, Values
Greenhaven Press Inc., 1611 Polk Street, N.E., Minneapolis, Minnesota 55413 ($5.95 paperbound, $11.95 hardbound)
Publication Type: Books
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