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Hand, Michael – Theory and Research in Education, 2018
John White and John Tillson have both raised objections to the theory of moral education I have recently advanced. Here I reply to their objections and offer some critical remarks on the alternative accounts of moral education they propose.
Descriptors: Ethical Instruction, Beliefs, Ideology, Information Dissemination
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Bialystok, Lauren; Kukar, Polina – Theory and Research in Education, 2018
The educational enthusiasm for both authenticity and empathy makes a number of assumptions about universal virtues, self-hood, the role of emotion in education, and the role of the teacher. In this article, we argue that authenticity and empathy are both nebulous virtues that teachers and students are called to embody with little reflection on how…
Descriptors: Empathy, Teaching Methods, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills
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Kristjánsson, Kristján – Theory and Research in Education, 2017
Despite renewed interest in moral role-modelling and its emotional underpinnings, further conceptual work is needed on the logical geography of the emotions purportedly driving it, in particular, admiration, emulation and elevation. In this article, I explore admiration (as understood by Linda Zagzebski), emulation (as understood by Aristotle) and…
Descriptors: Moral Values, Role Models, Attachment Behavior, Educational Philosophy
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Croce, Michel; Vaccarezza, Maria Silvia – Theory and Research in Education, 2017
This article confronts Zagzebski's exemplarism with the intertwined debates over the conditions of exemplarity and the unity-disunity of the virtues, to show the advantages of a pluralistic exemplar-based approach to character education. This pluralistic exemplar-based approach to character education is based on a prima facie disunitarist…
Descriptors: Ethics, Foreign Countries, Values Education, Teaching Methods
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Dishon, Gideon; Goodman, Joan F. – Theory and Research in Education, 2017
The "no-excuses" model of education has become one of the most prominent educational alternatives for urban youth. Recently, notable no-excuses charter schools have begun a concerted effort to develop students' character strengths, striving to increase their chances of future success. In this article, we situate the no-excuses approach…
Descriptors: Values Education, Charter Schools, Urban Schools, Discipline
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Tillson, John – Theory and Research in Education, 2017
How can one bring children to recognize the requirements of morality without resorting only to non-rational means of persuasion (i.e. what rational ground can be offered to children for their moral enlistment)? Michael Hand has recently defended a foundationalist approach to answering this question and John White has responded by (a) criticizing…
Descriptors: Moral Values, Ethics, Standards, Educational Philosophy
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White, John – Theory and Research in Education, 2017
This short paper is a reply to John Tillson's article "The problem of rational moral enlistment" (EJ1148739). It begins by correcting a misreading of my own position on the place of rationality in moral education and continues with a more substantive critique of Tillson's own position on this, as well as that of Michael Hand. It asks…
Descriptors: Moral Values, Criticism, Moral Development, Teaching Methods
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Copp, David – Theory and Research in Education, 2016
Moral education is open to worries about indoctrination given the controversies there are about a wide range of ethical matters. I argue, however, that moral education is no more liable to being "indoctrinal" than education in history or science. I begin by proposing an account of what indoctrination involves. I then note that moral…
Descriptors: Moral Values, Values Education, Socialization, Ethics
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Callan, Eamonn – Theory and Research in Education, 2016
Two appealing principles of educational distribution--equality and sufficiency--are comparatively assessed. The initial point of comparison is the distribution of civic educational goods. One reason to favor equality in educational distribution rather than sufficiency is the elimination of undeserved positional advantage in access to labor…
Descriptors: Democracy, Democratic Values, Citizenship, Civil Rights
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Sachs, Benjamin – Theory and Research in Education, 2016
Fair equality of opportunity, a principle that governs the competition for desirable jobs, can seem irrelevant in our actual world, for two reasons. First, parents have broad liberty to raise their children as they see fit, which seems to undermine the fair equality of opportunity-based commitment to eliminating the effects of social circumstances…
Descriptors: Equal Opportunities (Jobs), Competition, Job Skills, Child Rearing
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Temkin, Larry S. – Theory and Research in Education, 2016
The ideal of equality of opportunity plays an important role in contemporary social and political discourse, and it is one of the few ideals which most people, across the political spectrum, accept. In this article, I argue that the seemingly widespread agreement about the value of equal opportunity is more apparent than real. I distinguish…
Descriptors: Educational Opportunities, Equal Education, Affirmative Action, Quality of Life
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Thoma, Stephen J.; Bebeau, Muriel J.; Narvaez, Darcia – Theory and Research in Education, 2016
In a 2014 paper in "Theory and Research in Education," Howard Curzer and colleagues critique the Defining Issues Test of moral judgment development according to eight criteria that are described as difficulties any measure of educational outcomes must address. This article highlights how Curzer et al. do not consult existing empirical…
Descriptors: Measures (Individuals), Moral Development, Moral Values, Values
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Holma, Katariina; Hyytinen, Heidi – Theory and Research in Education, 2015
In higher education, "personal epistemology" is today a significant research area. Personal epistemology has been seen as promising particularly because it focuses on one of the general learning aims of many contemporary universities, namely, the development of students' creative and critical thinking. The article identifies serious…
Descriptors: Epistemology, Beliefs, Philosophy, Developmental Psychology
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Lebron, Chris – Theory and Research in Education, 2015
The taking of Black life by state authorities is a long-standing tragic tradition in America. However, in recent years, instances of Black death have gained wider media attention. This is a potentially important teaching moment, especially as it regards moral virtue and racism. In this article, I argue that Blacks have been put through a kind of…
Descriptors: Moral Development, Moral Values, African Americans, Law Enforcement
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Zwarthoed, Danielle – Theory and Research in Education, 2015
According to Agenda 21, the United Nation's action plan for sustainable development, "Governments and private sector organisations should promote more positive attitudes towards sustainable consumption through education, public awareness programmes and other means". But some could wonder whether the cultivation of frugal consumption…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Money Management, Social Justice, Social Systems
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