There is widespread agreement that schools should contribute to the moral development and character formation of their students. In fact, 80% of US states currently have mandates regarding character education. However, the pervasiveness of the support for moral and character education masks a high degree of controversy surrounding its meaning and methods. The purpose of this handbook is to supplant the prevalent ideological rhetoric of the field with a comprehensive, research-oriented volume that both describes the extensive changes that have occurred over the last fifteen years and points forward to the future. Now in its second edition, this book includes the latest applications of developmental and cognitive psychology to moral and character education from preschool to college settings, and much more.
Larry Nucci is an Adjunct Professor in the Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Berkeley and Editor-in-Chief of the journal Human Development. Darcia Narvaez is a professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Notre Dame and Executive Editor of the Journal of Moral Education. Tobias Krettenauer is a professor in the Department of Psychology at Wilfrid Laurier University, Associate Editor of the Journal of Moral Education and Consulting Editor for Child Development.