ERIC Number: ED178456
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
Cognitive-Decision Theorists' Approach to Moral/Citizenship Education.
Research for Better Schools, Inc., Philadelphia, PA.
The document contains a paper on the cognitive-decision approach to moral/citizenship education and three critiques of the paper. The major paper characterizes cognitive decisionists, describes strengths and weaknesses of their approach, and assesses the extent to which empirical knowledge is available for the approach. Cognitive decisionists believe that the primary goal of moral education is to teach students to make and act on rational decisions about moral issues. The major strength of the approach is its ability to distinguish between education and indoctrination. A major weakness is disagreement among theorists about the standards that apply to moral judgment. Empirical studies tend to focus on behavior without concern for underlying reasons. The author concludes that cognitive decisionists should give more attention to the development of teacher training materials and to research to identify inadequacies in moral reasoning. The first critique defends the cognitive-decision approach as legitimizing the school's claim to autonomy in moral education. The second critique suggests an approach to moral or civic education, and the final critique proposes a community-based program of moral/citizenship education rather than a new curricular offering in the schools. (Author/KC)
Descriptors: Abstract Reasoning, Citizenship, Citizenship Education, Cognitive Processes, Educational Philosophy, Educational Practices, Educational Theories, Elementary Secondary Education, Ethical Instruction, Moral Development, Research Needs, Speeches
Research for Better Schools, Inc., 444 North Third Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123 ($6.50)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Research for Better Schools, Inc., Philadelphia, PA.
Note: For related documents, see SO 012 132-134; Paper presented at Moral/Citizenship Education Conference (Philadelphia, PA, June 4-6, 1976)