Implications of Piaget's Constructivist Theory for Character Education
Action in Teacher Education
Character education from the constructivist perspective is outlined, drawing on Piaget's research on children's reasoning about moral rules, such as telling the truth. Piaget's distinction between two types of morality offers a framework for thinking about education. Parallel to the two types of morality are two types of teacher-child relationships, one that promotes children's moral development and one that hinders it. The first principle of constructivist education is to establish a socio-moral atmosphere in which mutual respect is continually practiced. Examples are given about what teachers can do to create a cooperative interpersonal atmosphere in the classroom. Research is described that shows that children from a constructivist kindergarten were more advanced in their interpersonal interactions than children from DISTAR and eclectic classrooms. Implications for teacher education are discussed.
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Devries, Rheta, "Implications of Piaget's Constructivist Theory for Character Education" (1999). Faculty Publications. 3785.