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Handbook of Moral and Character Education (Educational Psychology Handbook) [Paperback]

Larry Nucci , Darcia NarvŠez
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March 2, 2008 0805859616 978-0805859614 1

There is widespread agreement that schools should contribute to students’ moral development and character formation. Currently 80% of states have mandates regarding character education. This apparent support for moral education, however, masks a high degree of controversy surrounding the meaning and the methods of moral and/or character education. The purpose of this Handbook is to replace the ideological rhetoric that infects this field with a comprehensive, research-oriented volume that includes the extensive changes that have occurred over the last fifteen years. Coverage includes the latest applications of developmental and cognitive psychology to moral and character education from preschool to college settings.

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Product Details

  • Series: Educational Psychology Handbook
  • Paperback: 656 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (March 2, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805859616
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805859614
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 7.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,887,680 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Darcia Narvaez (Ph.D., Minnesota, 1993), professor of Psychology, specializes in moral development and character education. Previously, she was the executive director of the University of Minnesota's Center for the study of Ethical Development.

She has a blog at Psychology Today:
Her website is:

Her previous careers include being a musician, K-12 music teacher, middle school Spanish teacher, and a business owner.

She is co-author or co-editor of nine academic books: Neurobiology and the Development of Human Morality (2014); Ancestral Landscapes in Human Evolution: Culture, Childrearing and Social Wellbeing (2014, with Valentino, Fuentes, McKenna & Gray); Evolution, Early Experience and Human Nature: From Research to Policy and Application; Personality (2013, with Panksepp, Schore & Gleason), Identity and Character: Explorations in Moral Psychology (2009, with Lapsley); Handbook of Moral and Character Education (2008, with Nucci); Moral development, self and identity (2004, with Lapsley); Moral education: A handbook (2008, with Power, Nuzzi, Lapsley & Hunt), Postconventional Moral Thinking (1999, with Rest, Bebeau & Thoma); Moral Development in the Professions: Psychology and Applied Ethics (1994),

She has published various curriculum materials (Nurturing character in the classroom, EthEx Series, Books 1-4) and was the leader of the design team for the Minnesota Community Voices and Character Education Project which she reported on at a Whitehouse conference.

She has developed integrative theories such as (1) school-based moral character development, Integrative Ethical Education; (2) the development of ethical virtue: Adaptive Ethical Expertise; and (3) a moral psychology theory that integrates neurobiology, evolutionary and cognitive sciences called Triune Ethics Theory.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Landmark Handbook October 6, 2008
With hall of fame editors and luminaries as authors of the chapters, this Handbook of Moral Education is timely and thorough. This volume takes the ongoing conversations and research fostered by organizations such as the Association for Moral Education and delivers multi-faceted overviews of the threads of understanding the offspring of Kohlberg and others have generated. From historical reviews of moral and character education to contemporary streams of research and theory, this volume delivers the essentials for the students or scholars who wish to ground themselves in an understanding of issues and applications. The editors understand that while delivering moral education in schools is a central task of the profession, the broader question of professional ethics--and how important it is for moral educators to walk the walk is addressed as well. How varied approaches to moral education have developed is also a focus. Several chapters address the journey from identifying beliefs to measuring and fostering behavior deemed ethical. Perhaps a Volume II could be in the works somewhere to examine in broad scope the contributions of 20th century philosophers to the discussion of "what is moral?" and the ontological question of, "what does it mean to be human?" Relevant issues for such a volume could address what is relational morality, and in what, in addition to autonomy, does ethical being consist?
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