ERIC Number: ED369555
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Moral Development: Making the Connection between Choices, Responsibility and Self-Esteem.
Walsh, Julia A.
This paper discusses strategies and techniques that early childhood educators can use to encourage self-esteem and responsibility in young children. It examines Kohlberg's theory of moral values, which states that children progress through three stages of moral development: (1) the pre-moral stage, based on rewards and punishments; (2) the moral stage, which involves the approval of others; and (3) the informed conscience stage, in which moral principles are internalized. Self-esteem is closely related to moral development, in that the choices children make influence their feelings of self-concept and self-worth. It suggests that teachers can build healthy self-esteem in young children by setting realistic expectations for students, accepting students unconditionally, providing emotional support to students, and maintaining their own self-esteem through recreation and reflection. (MDM)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Lasting Impressions Daycare/Preschool, Inc., Bourbonnais, IL.