Moral Classrooms, Moral Children Creating a Constructivist Atmosphere in Early Education

ISBN-10: 0807733415

ISBN-13: 9780807733417

Edition: 1994

Authors: Rheta DeVries, Betty Zan, Jack DeVries

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List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 1994
Publisher: Teachers College Press, Teachers College, Columbia University
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

What Do We Mean by "Moral Classrooms?"
Vignettes from Three Classrooms
Sketches of the Sociomoral Atmospheres in Three Classrooms
Components of the Sociomoral Atmosphere
Research on Sociomoral Atmosphere and Children's Sociomoral Development
The Sociomoral Atmosphere as Hidden Curriculum
So What Is the Constructivist Sociomoral Atmosphere?
What Do We Mean by "Moral Children?"
What We Do Not Mean by "Moral Children"
How Children Think About Moral Rules
How Children Think About Others
Observing Moral Children in the Classroom
How the Sociomoral Atmosphere Influences the Child's Development
Social Interaction and Construction of the Self
The Teacher-Child Relationship
Peer Relationships
Establishing a Constructivist Sociomoral Atmosphere
Classroom Organization
The Teacher's Role
Conflict and Its Resolution
The Role of Conflict in Development
Sociomoral Atmosphere and Conflict Resolution
Conflict Between Teacher and Child
Objectives for Grouptime
The Role of the Teacher
Conducting Grouptime
Grouptime Lost, Grouptime Regained
Rule Making and Decision Making
Rule Making
Decision Making
Guidelines for Voting
Social and Moral Discussions
What Is "Social," "Moral," and "Sociomoral?"
Moral Judgment Theory
Moral Dilemmas
Objectives of Sociomoral Discussions
Guidelines for Conducting Hypothetical Sociomoral Discussions
Real-Life Moral Discussions
Hypothetical Dilemmas Drawn from Real-Life Experiences
Cooperative Alternatives to Discipline
The Role of Personal Experience in Social and Moral Development
Two Types of Sanctions
Guidelines for Implementing Constructivist Alternatives to Discipline
Activity Time
Objectives and Rationale
Three Categories of Knowledge Reflected in Activities
Planning for Activity Time
Implementing Activity Time
Three Sources of Difficulty in Implementing Activity Time
Clean-Up Time
How to Present Clean-up to the Class
Problems with Clean-up
Solutions to Clean-up Problems
Lunch Time
Guidelines for Lunch Time
Nap Time/Rest Time
Problems of Nap Time
Guidelines for a Less Stressful Nap Time
The Sociomoral Context for Teaching Academics
The Conditions for Promoting Academics
The Constructivist Integration of Academics
The Difficult Child
The Behaviorist Approach
Integration of Psychodynamic and Constructivist Theories
Guidelines for Working with the Difficult Child
The Sociomoral Atmosphere of the School
Kohlberg and Colleagues' Work on Assessing Moral Culture
Children's Experience of the School Atmosphere
The Teacher's Experience of the School Atmosphere
Principles for Principals
The Sociomoral Atmosphere of the State Department of Education
About the Authors
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