ERIC Number: ED132734
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Moral Development in the Classroom. OSSC Bulletin Vol. 20, No.5.
Hersh, Richard H.; Paolitto, Diana Pritchard
One of the major purposes of values education is to help students develop more complex ways of reasoning--to facilitate cognitive development. The purpose of moral education in a cognitive developmental framework becomes the stimulation of the student's capacity for moral judgment. With this goal in mind, the teacher must first be prepared to carefully examine his or her own moral values before entering the classroom. The teacher must have knowledge of the pedagogy of moral discussion. This paper outlines briefly certain characteristics of teaching methods to be used in values education. The teacher must be adept at utilizing questioning techniques to elicit from students constructive social interaction and respect for others' opinions and positions. The teacher should recognize the various developmental stages manifest by his or her students. Values education actually teaches students a cognitive developmental approach for pursuing their own education after the formal educational process has ended. (Author/DS)
Descriptors: Cognitive Development, Developmental Stages, Moral Development, Moral Issues, Moral Values, Questioning Techniques, Teachers, Teaching Methods, Values Education
Oregon School Study Council, 124 College of Education, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon 97403 ($1.50)
Publication Type: Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Oregon School Study Council, Eugene.