Moral Classrooms, Moral Children: Creating a Constructivist Atmosphere in Early Education

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Teachers College Press, 2012 - Education - 276 pages
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This classic bestseller, now updated for today's diverse teaching force and student populations, explores the benefits of sociomoral practices in the classroom. The authors draw on recent research to show how these approaches work with children ages 2 8. They focus on how to establish and maintain a classroom environment that fosters children's intellectual, social, moral, emotional, and personality development. Extending the work of Jean Piaget, the authors advocate for a cooperative approach that contrasts with the coercion and unnecessary control that can be seen in many classrooms serving young children. Practical chapters demonstrate how the constructivist approach can be embedded in a school program by focusing on specific classroom situations and activities, such as resolving conflict, group time, rule making, decision making and voting, social and moral discussions, cooperative alternatives to discipline, and activity time.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Ch 1 What Do We Mean by Moral Classrooms?
7
Ch 2 What Do We Mean by Moral Children?
26
Ch 3 How the Sociomoral Atmosphere Influences a Childs Moral Development
40
Ch 4 Establishing a Constructivist Sociomoral Atmosphere
57
Ch 5 Conflict and Its Resolution
82
Ch 6 Group Time
125
Ch 7 Rule Making
145
Ch 9 Social and Moral Discussions
181
Ch 10 Cooperative Alternativesto Discipline
197
Ch 11 Activity Time
219
Ch 12 The Sociomoral Atmosphereof the School
245
APPENDIX
257
References
260
Index
266
About the Authors
276

Ch 8 Decision Making and Voting
163

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Rheta DeVriesis professor emerita of curriculum and instruction at the University of Northern Iowa. Betty Zanis associate professor and director of the Regent's Center for Early Developmental Education at the University of Northern Iowa.

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