Our hope is that the value of this article will be found in its attempt to describe these complexities and subtleties, and to explain why they are important to our understanding of how teachers assist or impede the moral development
of their students.
The group's moral development
was gauged by the responses they gave during 'Thinking Time' sessions.
Reasoning using ethical principles as a guide reflects reasoning at a principled level, the highest level in moral development
The pioneer in positing the stages of moral development
was the psychologist Lawrence Kohlberg.
Garnering information from sources ranging from literature on moral development
in children, to psychotherapy of a patient who made and regularly broke unnecessary promises, and offering special insight for analysis in selecting which "promising" patients are most likely to benefit from treatment, Promises, Oaths, and Vows is highly recommended as a welcome addition to the body of research scrutinizing how the human minds work.
The inspector was also impressed with the social, cultural and moral development
of the school pupils.
Entries include concise lists of further reading and describe such topics as the aging brain, at-risk behavior, creativity, critical thinking, distributed intelligence, the brain in early childhood, gender differences, language acquisitions and disorders, moral development
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A document outlining the strategy states: "For 16-19-year-olds in FE there is no entitlement to RE or to provision for spiritual and moral development
as there is in schools and very few of this generation attend churches.
Provision for pupils' spiritual and moral development
Each of the theorists mentioned explains moral development
in a way that assumes children are incapable of acting morally, disallowing any possibility of true altruism or selfless action.
As Gibbs (2003) declared, "Kohlberg almost single-handedly innovated the field of cognitive moral development
in American psychology" (p.
Ethical moral development
happened through social interaction, and the cognitive conflicts that occurred as men of good faith defined numerous technical solution sets, will live forever in the minds of those involved.