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2nd Edition

Handbook of Moral and Character Education

ISBN 9780415532389
Published March 27, 2014 by Routledge
570 Pages

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Book Description

There is widespread agreement that schools should contribute to the moral development and character formation of their students. In fact, 80% of US states currently have mandates regarding character education. However, the pervasiveness of the support for moral and character education masks a high degree of controversy surrounding its meaning and methods. The purpose of this handbook is to supplant the prevalent ideological rhetoric of the field with a comprehensive, research-oriented volume that both describes the extensive changes that have occurred over the last fifteen years and points forward to the future. Now in its second edition, this book includes the latest applications of developmental and cognitive psychology to moral and character education from preschool to college settings, and much more.

Table of Contents

Handbook of Moral and Character Education (2nd Edition)

1.Introduction and Overview

Larry Nucci
University of California, Berkeley

Darcia Narvaez
University of Notre Dame

Tobias Krettenauer
Wilfred Laurier University

Part 1. Defining the Field: Historical, Philosophical, and Theoretical, Foundations

2.Philosophical Moorings

Thomas Wren
Loyola University of Chicago

3.Traditional Chinese Philosophies and Their Perspectives on Moral Education

Guozhen Cen
Shanghai Teachers University
Shanghai, China

Jun Yu
Idaho State University

4.Traditional Approaches to Character Education in Britain and America

James Arthur
Canterbury Christ Church University College, UK

5.Lawrence Kohlberg’s Revolutionary Ideas: Moral Education in the Cognitive-Developmental Tradition

John Snarey
Emory University

Peter L. Samuelson
Fuller Graduate School of Psychology

6.Moral Self-Identity as the Aim of Education

Daniel Lapsley and Paul C. Stey
University of Notre Dame

7.Teaching Ethically as a Moral Condition of Professionalism

Elizabeth Campbell
OISE/University of Toronto

Part 2. Theory-Based Approaches to Moral and Character Education

8.Social Cognitive Domain Theory and Moral Education

Larry Nucci and Deborah W. Powers
University of California

9.Developing Ethical Expertise and Moral Personalities

Darcia Narvaez
Notre Dame University

Tonia Bock
University of St Thomas
10.Developmental Discipline and Moral Education

Marilyn Watson
Developmental Studies Center
Oakland. CA

11.Constructivist Approaches to Moral Education in Early Childhood

Carolyn Hildebrandt  and Betty Zan

Department of Psychology
University of Northern Iowa

12.Towards a Theory of the Just Community Approach: Effects of Collective Moral, Civic, and Social Education

Fritz Oser      
Department of Education
University of Freiburg

13.Contemplative Education: Cultivating Positive Mental Skills and Social-Emotional Dispositions through Mindfulness Training

Robert Roeser, David R. Vago, Cristi Pinela, Laurel S. Morris,
Cynthia Taylor, Jessica Harrison
Department of Psychology
Portland State University

14.Research-Based Fundamentals of the Effective Promotion of Character Development in Schools

Marvin Berkowitz and Melinda Beir
College of Education
Center for Character and Citizenship Education
University of Missouri - St. Louis

Part 3. Schools Based Best Practices

15. Pedagogy for the Whole Child: Developmental Studies Center’s Approach to Academic, Moral, and Character Education

Peter Brunn
Developmental Studies Center
Oakland, CA

16.The Complementary Perspectives of Social and Emotional Learning, Moral Education, and Character Education

Maurice Elias and Amy Kansler
Rutgers University

Sarah J. Parker
The Reed Center

V. Megan Kash
University College, London

Roger P. Weissberg
Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL),
University of Illinois at Chicago

17.Smart & Good Schools: A New Paradigm for High School Character Education

Matthew Davidson and Thomas Lickona
Center for the 4th and 5th Rs
SUNY Cortland

18.An Application of Kohlberg’s Theory of Moral Dilemma Discussion to the Japanese Classroom and its Effect

Noriyuki Araki
Fukuyama University
Hirorshima, Japan

19.Moral and Character Education in Korea

In Jae Lee 
Seoul National University
Department of Education

Part 4. Moral Education in Relation to Civic Engagement, Citizenship and Democracy Education

20.Citizenship Education in the United States: Regime Type, Foundational Questions, and Classroom Practice

Walter C. Parker
College of Education
University of Washington

21.Fostering the Moral and Civic Engagement of College Students

Anne Colby
Stanford Center on Adolescence
Stanford University

22.Citizenship and Democracy Education in a Diverse Europe

Wolfgang Edelstein
Max Planck Institute for Human Development
Berlin, Germany

Tobias Krettenauer
Wilfrid Laurier University
Waterloo, Ontario

23.Democratic Moral Education in China

Sharon To
University of Ontario

Shaongang Yang
Guangdong University of Foreign Studies
Guangzhou City, China

Charles Helwig
University of Ontario

Part 5. Moral and Character Education Beyond the Classroom

24.Positive Youth Development in the United States:
History, Efficacy and Links to Moral and Character Education

Richard Catalano
Social Development Research Group
School of Social Work
University of Washington

John W. Toumbourou
Deakin University Australia

J. David Hawkins
University of Washington

25.Community Contribution to Moral and Character Development

Constance Flanagan, Alisa Pykett, and Erin Gallay
Department of Interdisciplinary Studies
University of Wisconsin

26.The Moral and Civic Effects of Learning to Serve

Daniel Hart
Department of Psychology
Rutgers University

M. Kyle Matsuba
Kwantlen University

Robert Atkins
Rutgers University

27.Education for Sustainability: Moral Issues in Ecology Education

Elisabeth Kals and Markus Mueller
Katholische Universität Eichstätt Ingolstadt

28.Moral and Character Education Through Sports

F. Clark Power and Kristin Sheehan     
Liberal Studies
Notre Dame University 

29.A Theoretical and Evidenced-Based Approach for Designing Professional Ethics Education

Muriel Bebeau and Verna E. Monson
University of Minnesota and University of St. Thomas

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Larry Nucci is an Adjunct Professor in the Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Berkeley and Editor-in-Chief of the journal Human Development.

Darcia Narvaez is a professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Notre Dame and Executive Editor of the Journal of Moral Education.

Tobias Krettenauer is a professor in the Department of Psychology at Wilfrid Laurier University, Associate Editor of the Journal of Moral Education and Consulting Editor for Child Development.


"The second edition of the Handbook of Moral and Character Education is a comprehensive update of the original text from 2008. Edited by leading scholars and bringing together a wide range of researchers and practitioners, this 553-page book is a valuable, state-of-the-art resource...Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduate, graduate, and professional collections"--K. Ryan, Boston University, in CHOICE, January 2015