ERIC Number: ED191765
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: N/A
The Domain of Moral Education.
Cochrane, Donald B., Ed.; And Others
The purpose of these essays is to examine what is involved in moral education and what can be expected of a program designed to implement its aims. The essays are organized into four major sections. The first section deals with the limits of moral education. Essays introduce the reader to various ways in which people think erroneously about moral problems and thus escape the demands of moral thinking almost entirely. Moral education in relation to other non-moral forms of values education is discussed. There is a dialogue on the possible relationship that might exist between moral and religious education. The final paper of this introductory section argues that moral education is a necessary ingredient in any program of political education committed to democracy. The essays in the second section deal with the nature of moral education. One paper debates the place of moral language in moral education. Another argues for the importance of moral rules and principles which make it possible to avoid the arbitrariness of subjectivity and the pitfalls of indoctrination. Other topics discussed include the concept of moral motivation and the cultivation of moral sensibilities. In the third section the contributors attempt to come to terms with the perplexing problem of the form and content in moral education. There are those who would argue that no justifiable reasons exist for teaching specific moral content to children and young people. In the final section of the publication, which deals with the developmental hypothesis of moral education, the problems of form and content are raised again in the context of Kohlberg's influential work on moral development. (Author/RM)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Ethical Instruction, Language, Moral Values, Objectives, Religious Education, Values Education
Paulist Press, 545 Island Road, Ramsey, NJ 07446 ($9.95)
Publication Type: Books; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Missionary Society of St. Paul the Apostle, NY.; Ontario Inst. for Studies in Education, Toronto.