ERIC Number: ED381432
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
The Teaching of Ethics and Moral Reasoning in the Public Schools. Report of the 1991-1992 Study Committee, Fall 1992. A Position Paper.
Serratore, Ann, Ed.; Barney, William, Ed.
This report describes a study about teaching ethics and moral reasoning in the K-12 public schools of Connecticut. Two hundred adults and students were questioned in a random survey representing a cross section of communities in the state. The responses validate Gilligan's levels of moral development that shows different emphases of socialization between males and females. Emphasis for boys is on justice and independence while girls are trained to be nurturing, caring, and to value their connectedness to others. Often a dichotomy exists between purely cognitive moral reasoning and moral behaviors. This issue needs to be addressed through moral education. The table of contents lists the following: (1) "Introduction"; (2) "Rationale"; (3) "Definitions"; (4) "Understanding Developmental Issues as They Relate to Ethics and Moral Reasoning in the Public Schools"; (5) "Developmentally Appropriate Moral Education"; (6) "The Need for Ethics Education"; (7) "Ethics and Moral Reasoning, Goals, and Suggested Activities K-8"; (8) "Ethics and Moral Reasoning, Conceptual Course Outline, 9-12;" (9) "The Role of the Family in Teaching Values"; (10) "Case Study"; (11) "Conclusions and Recommendations"; (12) "Bibliography"; and (13) "About the Authors." As an example of effective strategies for use in a public school district to help resolve differences in values, a case study describing a conflict between proponents and opponents of a particular health curriculum is presented. Contains 81 references. (EH)
Descriptors: Elementary School Curriculum, Elementary Secondary Education, Ethical Instruction, Ethics, Moral Development, Moral Issues, Moral Values, Personality Development, Philosophy, Public Schools, Secondary School Curriculum, Social Science Research, Values
Connecticut Association for Supervision and Curriculum, 134 Southport Woods Road, Southport, CT 06490.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Connecticut Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Southport.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (49th, Chicago, IL, March 19-22, 1994).