Constructivist early education for moral development
Early Education and Development
In this article, we examine the role constructivist teachers play in fostering moral development in young children. Drawing on Piaget’s theory and related empirical research, we trace the development of perspective-taking, autonomy, and selfregulation, and examine the effects of different teaching and parenting practices on children’s moral development. We then provide examples of autonomous moral reasoning and behavior in preschool and early primary grade children, and describe how teachers can promote optimal moral development through establishing a sociomoral atmosphere in which mutual respect is continually practiced. © 2000 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.
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Devries, Rheta; Hildebrandt, Carolyn; and Zan, Betty, "Constructivist early education for moral development" (2000). Faculty Publications. 3656.