ERIC Number: ED187641
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: N/A
Models of Moral Education: An Appraisal.
Hersh, Richard H.; And Others
This book examines six models of moral education: rationale building, consideration, values clarification, value analysis, cognitive moral development, and social action. The public is demanding that schools become increasingly involved in moral education. More than two thirds of the respondents to 1975 and 1976 Gallup polls on education stated that schools should take on a share of the responsibility for the moral development of their students. Because of the complexity of moral education, no one educational model is sufficient. However, the collective strengths of various models can provide the foundation for a comprehensive program in moral education. The six models described were chosen because each has been used extensively in the public schools and because they are mutually complementary. The rationale building model is primarily concerned with the realm of judging. The consideration model stresses the importance of caring as distinct from judging. Values clarification sees moral education more in terms of promoting self-awareness and self-caring than in solving moral problems. Value analysis helps students learn a highly systematic, step-by-step process for making moral decisions. The overall aim of the cognitive moral development approach is to help students think through moral controversy in increasingly clear and comprehensive ways. The social action model, which has been called the Ralph Nader version of moral education, makes citizen action for change the main focus of the curriculum. (Author/RM)
Descriptors: Educational Needs, Elementary Secondary Education, Ethical Instruction, Higher Education, Models, Moral Development, Social Action, Values, Values Clarification, Values Education
Longman Inc., 19 West 44th Street, New York, NY 10036 ($6.95 paper copy)
Publication Type: Books; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
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Authoring Institution: Longman, Inc., New York, NY.