“Moral Development and Behavior: New Research should be on every sport pedagogist’s, coach’s, and teacher’s bookshelf; but, more importantly, should be internalized and laid on the hearts of anyone who is an influential catalyst in the social and moral development of others. The research provided in this book lays the foundation for moral development and behavior as a “privilege and responsibility” that educators, coaches, teachers, and corporations alike should create. The selected authors delve into the art of “actions and options”, making the reader more aware of the fulfillment that moral development can bring to the individual who learns to think, create meaning, develop confidence and a voice, and ultimately transfer their “strength-based” customs to outside settings within their day to day life. No matter the experience, meaning can be made through supporting environments specifically created to nurture the character qualities of self-responsibility and caring for others.
Opportunities should be provided that allow individuals to practice an “open mindset” in which they are able to focus in the moment and autonomously act “right” when faced with a decision. Moral Development and Behavior: New Research, not only presents readers with suggestions for implementing ethical training and experiences through methods and models, but also focuses on areas of further growth and research that is needed to better advance and connect theory with practice. In today’s changing society, it is vital to possess a “toolbox” of program designs that have the potential to positively lay “moral and acceptable” foundations for our youth who need the guidance and support of their mentors to create their own “pro-social and moral identity.” I highly recommend this book as one that will guide your endeavors of becoming an influential catalyst in the moral development of others.” – Deborah S. Baxter, Department of Kinesiology, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL, USA