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ERIC Number: EJ1050227
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jan
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0012-1649
Moral Development at the Crossroads: New Trends and Possible Futures
Lapsley, Daniel; Carlo, Gustavo
Developmental Psychology, v50 n1 p1-7 Jan 2014
This article introduces a special section on moral development. We claim that the field is now undergoing a resurgence of theoretical and methodological innovation after the eclipse of paradigmatic moral stage theory. Although research on prosocial development, moral emotions, and social domain theory has sustained interest in moral development, recent additional trends have contributed to its resurgence. This includes research in neuroscience, sociobiology, and social psychology; broad interest in moral-character education and virtues; and the appearance of recent handbooks and special journal issues. We review 3 broad possible future themes (early development, self and personality, and culture) of moral development research and introduce a set of new contributions in this special section as examples.
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Language: English
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