Handbook of Moral Behavior and Development - Vol. 1

Handbook of Moral Behavior and Development - Vol. 1

Handbook of Moral Behavior and Development - Vol. 1

Handbook of Moral Behavior and Development - Vol. 1


The publication of this unique three-volume set represents the culmination of years of work by a large number of scholars, researchers, and professionals in the field of moral development. The literature on moral behavior and development has grown to the point where it is no longer possible to capture the "state of the art" in a single volume. This comprehensive multi-volume Handbook marks an important transition because it provides evidence that the field has emerged as an area of scholarly activity in its own right. Spanning many professional domains, there is a striking variety of issues and topics surveyed: anthropology, biology, economics, education, philosophy, psychology, psychiatry, sociology, social work, and more.

By bringing together work on diverse topics, the editors have fostered a mutually-beneficial exchange not only between alternative approaches and perspectives, but also between "applied" and "pure" research interests.

The Theory volume presents current and ongoing theoretical advances focusing on new developments or substantive refinements and revisions to existing theoretical frameworks. The Research volume summarizes and interprets the findings of specific, theory-driven, research programs; reviews research in areas that have generated substantial empirical findings; describes recent developments in research methodology/techniques; and reports research on new and emerging issues. The Application volume describes a diverse array of intervention projects - educational, clinical, organizational, and the like. Each chapter includes a summary report of results and findings, conceptual developments, and emerging issues or topics. Since the contributors to this publication are active theorists, researchers, and practitioners, it may serve to define directions that will shape the emerging literature in the field.


The literature on moral behavior and development, on pro- and anti-social behavior, and on moral and character education has grown enormously in recent years. Work has proliferated and the area continues to attract a broad range of interests and activities. The field has thus emerged as a continuing, separate, substantive area of scholarly and research interest. Yet, despite this substantial interest in the area and the emergence of a substantial body of data, there exists currently no single source of information on developments in the field. The Handbook of Moral Behavior and Development is designed to provide researchers and professionals in the area of moral behavior and development with a central source of state-of-the-art information in the field.

The aim of the Handbook is to advance work in the area of moral behavior and development by facilitating the dissemination of knowledge and information in theory, research, and application. By bringing together in one place representative writings of prominent scholars, researchers, and professionals in the area, the Handbook provides a central source of information about the most important developments that have taken place. Progress in the field will be facilitated by a focal source of information that encompasses a broad range of theoretical, empirical, and practical issues, and that bridges the many gaps in and among theory, research, and application. The central source of information that this Handbook constitutes provides a means for the exchange of information and ideas among the diverse theoretical perspectives, research methods, and areas of applied interest that have emerged.

In addition to meeting the need for a central source of information on advances in the field, the Handbook also seeks to bridge the gap between theory, research, and application. A critical feature of the Handbook is that it includes . . .

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