Moral Development: A Psychological Study of Moral Growth from Childhood to Adolescence, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Moral Development

A Psychological Study of Moral Growth from Childhood to Adolescence, 1st Edition

By William Kay


270 pages

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Although the work of Piaget dealt with the intellectual development of children, and that of Goldman with a child’s religious thought, there had hitherto been no comparable book on child morality to complete the developmental picture of the time. Originally published in 1968 William Kay’s book was designed to fill this gap, for he offers a complete description of the moral growth of children from infancy to adolescence.

Dr Kay was writing specifically for students and practising teachers and carefully avoids specialist jargon where ordinary terms suffice. He concludes that the findings of research into attitude formation and change could provide teachers with those techniques to help their pupils become morally mature members of society. His book contains a valuable analysis of the development of ideas concerning moral growth, and is a bold contribution to the problems of moral education.

Table of Contents

Author’s Preface. Preface to this Revised Edition. Introduction. 1. The Nature of Human Development 2. Research Relating to Moral Development 3. The Theory of Recapitulation 4. A Suggested Analysis of Moral Development 5. Moral Development in Terms of Changing Sanctions 6. The Development of Moral Judgment – Piaget 7. Moral Judgment in Adolescence 8. Psycho-Social Development 9. The Attitudinal Model of Morality 10. Moral Education. Index.

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: Psychology of Education

Routledge Library Editions: Psychology of Education (53 Volume set) brings together a mix of titles involving psychology and education from early years to later life. Covering areas across both education and psychology, including learning theory and strategies, social, developmental and cognitive aspects, school psychology and counselling in schools. The series of previously out-of-print titles, originally published between 1930 and 1996, includes contributions from a range of authors, many considered leaders in their field.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Developmental / Adolescent
PSYCHOLOGY / Developmental / Child