Moral Development: Current Theory and Research

Moral Development: Current Theory and Research

Moral Development: Current Theory and Research

Moral Development: Current Theory and Research

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The material in the following chapters was first presented at the Symposium on Moral Development at Loyola University of Chicago in December, 1973. The editors' interest in planning this symposium was founded primarily in the belief that work in this area was in a period of rapid growth and that an opportunity to have various investigators share their thinking and research would be worthwhile. As the area of moral development is broad and has many ramifications, it was apparent that a certain amount of sampling would be necessary if reasonable limits of time and funding were not to be exceeded. The guiding principles in selecting the participants included their current contributions and continuing focus on moral development in terms of research and theory. It also seemed desirable to have a certain amount of diversity, with the participants representing different orientations to add breadth and to avoid a soporific atmosphere of amiable head nodding and agreement. In brief, we wanted a group whose emphasis would be prospective and provocative and who might be anticipated to be in the forefront in setting the direction for future work and thought in moral development. Although we have resisted the urge to add another to the "current issues" or "recent trends" series, such a title would have reflected our intent.

To the extent that the participants were encouraged to present recent and ongoing research (or simply ideas for research that were still a gleam in the investigator's eye), our approach was something of a gamble. We hoped, however, that by eschewing the relatively well established, the presentation of . . .

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