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ERIC Number: ED114347
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Nov
Pages: 17
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Reference Count: 0
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Social Interaction and the Development of a Sense of Right and Wrong in Young Children.
Kuhmerker, Lisa
Brief descriptions of recent research in early childhood moral development and the author's own hypotheses about the relevance of moral development theory on early childhood classrooms and curricula are provided. The three recent research studies focus on young children's development of a capacity for empathy, social perspective, and sense of justice. According to the author, positive reinforcement for thoughtful ways of dealing with conflicts provides a home and classroom environment conducive to learning. Adult verbalization in moral development helps the child bridge the gap between the awareness of his own feelings and his awareness of the feelings of others. When language underscores the child's experiences and when the message is consistent with the social behavior the child sees around him, the language undoubtedly contributes to social learning. A stable, consistent, and accepting environment can help the child learn about fairness even though the teacher makes no overt effort to teach about justice. Finally, since television is often the child's primary view of society, moral education in school must consist of guided discussion of information and misinformation from television viewing. (Author/DE)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council for the Social Studies (Atlanta, Georgia, November 26-29, 1975)