Lawrence Kohlberg's Approach to Moral Education

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Columbia University Press, 1989 - Education - 322 pages
Lawrence Kohlberg's Approach to Moral Education presents what the late Lawrence Kohlberg regarded as the definitive statement of his educational theory. Addressing the sociology and social psychology of schooling, the authors propose that school culture become the center of moraleducation and research. They discuss how schools can develop as just and cohesive communities by involving students in democracy, and they focus on the moral decisions teachers and students face as they democratically resolve problems. As the authors put it: "We propose an educational renewal of our democratic society.... We have attempted to establish schools that do more than just teach about democratic citizenship, that are themselves democratic societies."
 

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As a past student and graduate of the Cluster School I am outraged by this passage - I honestly feel if you want to know what really happened you need to hear from students who attended the school as well as from facuilty. Hearing this one sided tale is like listening to the news on CNN and believing you have a full prespective of what is happening in the world. I will however say that the lessons I learned in those class rooms put me far ahead of my peers in college. I have been promoted many times in my professional life because I learned early on to face issues head on, be honest, and most importantly treat everyone you meet with dignity and respect regardless of their opionions.  

Contents

Democracy in
33
A Week in the Life of Cluster
63
Assessing the Moral Culture of Schools
99
The Development of Clusters Moral Culture
146
The Scarsdale Alternative High School
192
Individual Moral Development as an Outcome
266
The Just Community Approach in Prospect
298
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