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Emerging Moral Minds: The Development of Moral Judgments In Early Childhood

In this talk, Dr. Smetana will discuss psychological research from constructivist perspective that examines young children’s developing understanding of morality as distinct from other types of social rules.
When Nov 06, 2014
from 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Where Garden Room, The Center for Spiritual and Ethical Development
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Contact Phone 8148635911
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There has been a great deal of interdisciplinary interest in the emergence of morality in early childhood, with various claims made about what develops, and when and how this occurs. In this talk, Dr. Smetana will discuss psychological research from constructivist perspective that examines young children’s developing understanding of morality as distinct from other types of social rules. Several studies looking at children’s developing moral competence during the preschool and early school-age years will be discussed, and various factors found to be associated with these judgments will be considered.

The Waterbury Lecture Series

Richard A. Duschl is the Waterbury Chaired Professor of Secondary Education at  The Pennsylvania State University. The Waterbury Chair is funded by an endowment contributed by Dr. Kenneth Waterbury to the College of Education. During the 2014-2015 academic year the Rock Ethics Institute is partnering with Dr. Duschl to organize the Waterbury Lecture Series on Moral Development.

Why is the Rock Ethics Institute involved?

As a central hub of ethics research and education at Penn State, the Rock Ethics Institute is proud to host this event. Several of our own researchers are deeply involved in moral literacy and ethics education.

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This event is approved for SARI@PSU participation credit.


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Judith Smetana


Waterbury LecturerJudith Smetana is professor of psychology and Director of the Developmental Psychology Ph.D. Program in the Department of Clinical and Social Sciences in Psychology at the University of Rochester. She obtained her B. A. at the University of California, Berkeley, her M.S. and Ph.D. at the University of California, Santa Cruz and was a NICHD post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Psychology at the University of Michigan. From 1995 – 1998 she held the Frederika Warner Chair in the Warner Graduate School of Education & Human Development. Her research focuses on children’s moral and social development, adolescent-parent relationships, and parenting beliefs and practices in ethnic/racial and cultural contexts. She has published over 150 articles and chapters on these topics. She is the author of Adolescents, Families, and Social Development: How Teens Construct their World (2011, Wiley) and co-editor of the Handbook of Moral Development (2006, 2014, Taylor & Francis), and Social Development, Social Inequalities, and Social Justice(2008, Erlbaum). Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Mental Health, the Foundation for Child Development, the William T. Grant Foundation, and the Fetzer Institute. She has served on numerous editorial boards, has been an Associate Editor of Child Development, and is active in developmental science professional societies.