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Nice is Not Enough: Providing the Foundation for Lifelong Moral Development

Presented by Dr. Larry Nucci, Professor, Graduate School of Education, University of California, Berkeley
by admin Feb 13, 2015
When Mar 18, 2015
from 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Where 102 Paterno Library, University Park, PA 16802
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Contact Phone 814-863-5911
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All approaches to moral development and character education aim to develop young people who will respect the norms of society, and who will act in ways that are compassionate and fair toward others.  This talk will outline the educational principles and practices that contribute to this basic social-emotional and moral foundation.  However, the case will also be made that developing such “nice” civil people is insufficient.  Drawing from over 40 years of research and current work in school settings, the talk will outline educational principles and practices directed at stimulating students’ capacities to engage in social critique from a moral perspective, and contribute to a more just and moral society.  The presentation will discuss the relationships between morality and the non-moral factors of religious norms, societal convention, and personal choice that enter into our socio-moral judgments.  Examples from classroom discourse and sample lessons will be used to illustrate teaching practices that foster moral growth and students’ capacities to address complex social and personal issues from a critical moral perspective.

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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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Dr. Larry Nucci

Photo used on event page.Larry Nucci is a faculty member at the Graduate School of Education at UC Berkeley and Professor Emeritus of Educational Psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago.   Nucci has published extensively on children’s moral and social development. His two most recent books: the Handbook of Moral and Character Education (Routledge 2014 (2nd edition), and Nice is Not Enough: Facilitating Moral Development (Pearson, 2009) have each received the “Book of the Year” award from the Moral Development and Education SIG of the American Educational Research Association.  An aspect of his work has focused on children's judgments about issues they consider to be personal matters of privacy and discretion. This research has been carried out in a number of contexts including Asia and Latin America (where he was a Fulbright Fellow). Recently his work has focused on the assessment of moral and social reasoning and on the integration of moral education within the regular academic curriculum.   He is Editor in Chief of the journal Human Development and a member of the editorial boards of Cognitive Development, Parenting Science and Practice, and the Journal for Research in Character Education.

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.