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ERIC Number: ED420005
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr-13
Pages: 21
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Moral Learning in the Space between Places: The Potential of Community-Based Moral Education.
Schweigert, Francis J.
This paper presents the results of a heuristic and interpretive study of a public policy experiment in the criminal justice system, victim offender mediation conferencing. Conferences typically include the victim, the offender, their supporters and family members, and one or more conference facilitators. Participants report high levels of satisfaction with the process and outcomes with changes in attitudes, behavior, and social belonging. Preliminary conclusions are presented regarding characteristics of effective community-based moral education. Seven important characteristics typify victim offender conferences as a social space in which moral learning is enhanced: role effectiveness, situated learning, safety to openly address conflict, recurring free space for citizen empowerment, affective attachment to personal networks and social institutions, cognitive awareness and articulation of moral norms, and structured performance of moral norms. The key to their effectiveness appears to be the locus of moral learning: in the "space between places." Victim offender conferences occur in an overlapping social context located between a small, local, personal community and some larger societal body or its representative, evoking the authority of both communal and universal moral norms. (Author/EMK)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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