ERIC Number: ED378493
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
Theories of Moral Development. Second Edition.
Rich, John Martin; DeVitis, Joseph L.
The introductory chapter clarifies key terms and lays the background for different theories of moral development. Chapter 2 surveys competing models from various schools of thought on the initial origins of morality in childhood. The works discussed include those of Freud, Jung and Piaget. Chapter 3 includes: Erik H. Erikson's sociocultural synthesis, particularly the concept of identity crisis; Robert J. Havighurst's description of developmental tasks; Martin J. Packer's studies of hermeneutics and moral action; and Martin L. Hoffman's research on empathy and social cognition. Chapter 4 covers the explicit body of data-based research that has focused on knowledge about how higher education affects or does not affect moral development. Chapter 5 presents a panoramic view, drawn from various sources, of lifelong patterns and detours (some presumably invariant, others presumably changeable) that stem from a growing body of research. The final chapter addresses certain issues pertinent to all moral development theories: pluralism and heterogeneity of the field; theory development; determinism and nondeterminism; and morality and immorality. (BF)
Descriptors: Behavior Theories, Cognitive Development, Developmental Stages, Developmental Tasks, Ethics, Integrity, Moral Development, Moral Values, Personality Development, Social Cognition, Social Psychology, Socialization
Charles C. Thomas, Publisher, 2600 South First St., Springfield, IL 62794-9265 ($34.95 hardback; paperback: ISBN-0-398-05924-1, $19.95).
Publication Type: Books
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