Presentation on theme: "Moral Education EDU 224 | Newberry College. Moral Education What stages do people go through in their moral development? How can teachers affect a child’s."— Presentation transcript:
Moral Education What stages do people go through in their moral development? How can teachers affect a child’s moral development? Should we? What kind of moral education happens in schools now? In the past?
Have you ever cheated? When do people usually cheat? Is that really such a bad thing?
People always seem to find good reasons to do not-so-good-things. In June 2005, the Center for Academic Integrity found… 90% of students admitted they cheat. 74% cheated on a high-stakes test. 60% plagiarized on a written assignment. 54% used the internet to plagiarize. 45% believe teachers ignore cheating. p. 270
Can morality be taught in school or even be affected by teachers?
Jean Piaget Stages of Cognitive Development StageAge RangeDescription Sensori-motor0 -2 Behaviors are innate and reflexive Develop knowledge of cause and effect Preoperational2 - 6/7 Self-oriented and egocentric Can only see own viewpoint Reality is based on what they can see/touch Concrete Operational 6/7 - 11/12 Can recognize more than one viewpoint Can think abstractly Formal Operational 11/12 and up Can think abstractly Can reason theoretically Not all people reach this stage
Lawrence Kohlberg Stages of Moral Reasoning StageAge RangeIn dilemma, moral reasoning based on… Pre-conventionalChild Direct consequences related to self only (obedience, punishment, self-interest) ConventionalAdolescent Acceptance of society’s views regarding right and wrong (interpersonal accord, conformity, authority, social order) Post-conventionalAdult Recognition that individual perspective may take precedence over societal norms (social contract, universal ethical principles)
Should we teach students morals and/or ethics? How are teachers providing moral education these days?
Historically, teachers are expected to teach ethics and/or morality. Traditional inculcation individual analysis
Models of Moral Education Values Clarification Character Education Service Learning/Community Service Comprehensive Values Education
What else can you do? Use and enforce honor code. Use rules and consequences to teach. Focus on helping students grow. Build ethics and morality into units. Model morals and ethics.
How moral and/or ethical do teachers need to be?