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How to Teach Morality. Promoting Deliberation and Discussion, Reducing Violence and Deceit

Georg Lind
ISBN 978-3-8325-4282-5
180 pages, year of publication: 2016
price: 19.80 EUR

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Stichworte/keywords: Moral competence, Moral-democratic education, Teacher training, Psychological measurement, Efficacy studies

Reader commments:

"The definitive, research-based book on morality teaching with highly useful applications to educational practice. Highly recommended." Dr. Herbert Walberg, Emeritus Professor of Education and Psychology, University of Illinois at Chicago

"Congrats on your book!! You have made a wonderful contribution to the field, and for, importantly, society!!" Paul R. Carr, Ph.D., Professeur Département des sciences de l'éducation Université du Québec en Outaouais (UQO)

"We all want to be `good' he contends -- it's part of our human inheritance. But being morally competent, Lind shows, is enhanced and nourished when educators develop propulsive learning opportunities for students to practice and develop. Moral competence can be taught." Dr. William Ayers, Distinguished Professor of Education (retired), University of Illinois at Chicago

"An important book". Dr. Dr. Jan Ilhan Kizilhan, Professor at Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University

"The significance of Lind's book can hardly be overstated. It contributes both (a) to advancing psychological research world-wide and (b) to the application of psychology in the much neglected field of educational instruction, where psychological application is often confined to testing and counseling." Dr. Shaogang Yang, Professor of psychology at Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, Guangzhou, P.R. China

"Dr. Lind's experimental and educational approach to morality is unique worldwide." Dr. Ewa Nowak, Professor of Philosophy, University of Poznan, Poland. Author of "Experimental ethics."

"Whoever is interested in the training of students, teachers and educators of all kinds will find appropriate information for primary, secondary and post-secondary education and beyond." Dr. Wilhelm Peterßen, Professor emeritus of Education, University of Education at Weingarten, Germany.

"Dr. Lind's threefold combination of theory, practice, and empirical research might become the standard for pedagogical developments which do not only claim, but demonstrate hands-on, and gives experimental proof of its efficacy." Dr. Sibylle Reinhardt, Professor emeritus of Social Studies, University of Halle, Germany. Author of "Teaching Civics."

"Lind's mastery of the history and philosophy of morality and moral education is quite apparent, as he quotes voluminously from sources ranging from Socrates, Kant, and Spinoza to Piaget, Kohlberg, and Pinker. Fortunately, he writes of the complex issues bound up in morality in a beautifully clear and persuasive manner." Dr. Richard M. Felder, Professor Emeritus of Chemical Engineering at North Carolina State University

The book:
What is morality? How can it be measured? What is its nature and origin? And, most importantly, how can it be taught? These age-old yet still unanswered questions cannot be addressed, Lind argues, unless we develop a new science of moral behavior and education. Lind does just that in his book, invoking related contributions by eminent philosophers, psychologists and educators. The first part presents a new way of studying morality, and a great bulk of Lind's own research and other studies backing it.

The second part shows how to teach morality effectively with Lind's Konstanz Method of Dilemma Discussion (KMDD), which is used in all ages and across cultures. On the basis of many years of practical international experience with the KMDD in different institutions of education, professional schools, armed forces and prisons, Lind provides advice on how educators can learn, implement and improve the method. Lind also presents the related Just Community method of democratic community building.

The author:
Born shortly after World War II, in 1947, Dr. Georg Lind's interest in morality goes back to his adolescence when he learned about the atrocities of the Nazi dictatorship: How can we prevent this from happening again? How can we develop morality, peace and democracy? This book contains his answer.

Lind was professor of psychology and researcher at the University of Konstanz, Germany. He was guest professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, the Universidad de Monterrey, and the Humboldt University at Berlin. He lectured in Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Mexico, Poland, Switzerland, and the United States.

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