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Handbook of Moral and Character Education

2nd Edition

Edited by Larry Nucci, Darcia Narvaez


554 pages

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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.


"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

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

About the Editors

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.

About the Series

Educational Psychology Handbook

Edited by Patricia A. Alexander, the Routledge Educational Psychology Handbook Series spans the entire field of educational psychology, providing in-depth, up-to-date coverage of the latest theories, research, methodologies, applications, issues, and policies in each area of study. Each handbook profiles the boundaries and maps the various sectors within its field of study.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Curricula
EDUCATION / Philosophy & Social Aspects