Ethics, citizenship and moral development are intertwined.
Community, Digital Citizen
, I create a hypothetical "perfect school
board" whose members want to pursue teaching digital citizenship in
their school district in a serious and informed manner. As part of their
education, they look into moral development of children because they know that so many of the decisions they will make with regard to digital citizenship will be moral ones. Thus they need to know how kids develop in their abilities to apply moral judgment.
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Moral development and teacher education resources
Standard coursework in a teacher education program includes learning about how children develop in terms of their moral reasoning and decision making abilities. Consider that as we grow, we:
- gradually decenter, gaining the ability to see things from someone
else's point of view.
- become less inclined to want to satisfy just our own needs, and
more interested in working things out with peers interpersonally, often for pragmatic reasons.
- gradually gain the ability to think more abstractly, see the big picture and our place within it.
In addition here are two key points:
- Cognitive and moral development are linked, with the latter
preceding the former.
- Cognitive and moral development are best developed socially
through interactions with peers in a constructivist environment. That
is, an important part of moral development occurs when we work through
situations with others and have to address competing concerns that are
rational and valued.
Here are some of the key resources I used in creating this section of the book:
- Brain, from Top to
Bottom. An excellent website maintained by McGill University
(referenced above) that
explains how the brain works, as well as a number of other topics
related to brain development, including emotional and moral development.
- Discovering your moral self. From their website: "...where you can learn about your own morality, ethics, and/or values,
while also contributing to scientific research. We are a group
of professors and graduate students in
social psychology at the University of Virginia, The University of
California (Irvine), and the University
of Southern California...Our goal is to understand the way our "moral minds"
Why do people disagree so passionately about what is right? Why, in
particular, is there such hostility and
incomprehension between members of different political parties? By
filling out a few of our surveys, you'll
help us answer those questions. We, in return, will give you an
immediate report on how you scored on each study, quiz, or
We'll show you how your responses compare to others and we'll tell you
what that might say about you."
- Gilligan's Theories, found from In a Different Voice, presented by Chuck Gruff, from St. Olaf's Psychology Department.
I have added other resources that I used, and invite you to add this to list: