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A Guide to Domain-Based Moral Education for Social Justice

In our recent book, we draw from our work with teachers and students to address issues of social justice through the regular curriculum and everyday school life. This book illustrates an approach that integrates social justice education with contemporary research on students’ development of moral understandings and concerns for human welfare in order to critically address societal conventions, norms, and institutions.  Demonstrating how to engage students in critical thinking and community activism, the book includes proven-effective lessons that promote academic learning and moral growth for the early grades through adolescence. The text also incorporates recent work with social-emotional learning and restorative justice to nurture students’ ethical awareness and disrupt the school-to-prison pipeline.

Available at Teacher's College Press

“Nucci and Ilten-Gee connect scientific findings around children’s development of what they call moral wellness with more recent research in education that include critical pedagogy, culturally sustaining pedagogy, restorative justice, and critical media studies. In each of these social justice–focused educational frameworks, they provide actual practices that teachers in real-world settings have employed with impact.”

—From the Foreword by Carol D. Lee, professor emeritus, Northwestern University

About this Site

Moral education is becoming an increasingly popular topic in the fields of psychology and education. However, considerations of the role schools can and should play in the moral development of youth is the subject of controversy. Systematic research and scholarship on moral development has been going on for some time, and educators wishing to attend to issues of moral development and education may make use of what has been learned through that work. On this site you will find current research from a wide variety of sources on developmental approaches to Moral Education. The site emphasizes the work of DBME Scholars, but serves as a source for current work in Moral and Character Education.

Larry Nucci | | Robyn Ilten-Gee |

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