Components from a variety of existing theories combine with insights from the author's research to create an original theory of moral development.
This book is the framework for a new theory of moral development that combines components from a variety of existing theories of human development with the author's original research. The detailed description of the theory is divided into five sections: (1) foundations of development, (2) long-term memory, (3) the influence of environments, (4) working memory, and (5) progressions and stages of development. Each chapter concludes with an exercise demonstrating the application of the new theory, and the final section of the book employs the theory as a lens through which the moral development of four historic figures can be viewed afresh.
R. Murray Thomas is professor emeritus at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His published work includes Praeger's Religion in Schools: Controversies around the World; Violence in America's Schools: Understanding, Prevention, and Responses; God in the Classroom: Religion and America's Public Schools; and Manitou and God: North-American Indian Religions and Christian Culture, among other titles.
Preface Introduction Theories and Issues Delineating the Realm of Moral Values The Theory: A Short Form, Phase I: Components of Development The Theory: A Short Form, Phase II: Pathways of Development Foundations of Development Genetic Endowment and Maturation Physiological Conditions The Nature of Long-Term Memory Needs and Goals Facts and Concepts Causal Relations and Moral Values Mental Processes and Levels of Consciousness Moral Self-Identity, Emotions, & Conscience The Influence of Environments Fabricators, Critical Incidents, Contexts, and Forms Functions and Impact Factors Working Memory Thinking and Acting Moral Development Patterns Alternative Moral Hierarchies Progressions and Stages in Moral Development The Theory in Practice: Viewing Lives Through the Theory Lens Exemplars of Heroic Morality Exemplars of Blemished Morality Epilogue Unfinished Business References Index