Moral Development and Behavior: New Research

Colin G. Pennington, PhD (Editor)
Cornell College, Department of Kinesiology, Mount Vernon, IA

Series: Ethical Issues in the 21st Century
BISAC: PHI005000



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The aim of this book is to discuss the concepts, challenges, and successes related to developing character and moral decision making in students of a variety of ages. This book is intended to reach an audience of teachers and teacher educators – partiality physical educators and youth coaches. Readers of this book will be enlightened to new practices and research methodologies to measure the moral climate of their learning environments and the moral and character trends in their classrooms and learning spaces. The editor’s hope is that readers use the information and suggestions shared in this book to improve their practice by emphasizing the elements which advances the moral decision making skills, social interaction skills, and intrapersonal development of students in their care.

This book presents leading-edge research and discusses moral development concepts from the perspectives of both grade-school and university instruction. It considers the unique learning needs of elementary-age children and the diverse learning environments of college-aged students, providing approaches to both contexts. This book is authored by several expert university faculty members specializing in such disciplines as business, kinesiology, teacher education, and educational psychology.

The main topics in-line with the theme of this book are: defining moral character; university business student moral expression trends; the systematic observation and quantification of positive moral behavior during sport and physical education; youth character development programs; pedagogical curriculum models; and moral development within inclusive physical education.
(Imprint: Nova)


Chapter 1. The Challenge of Defining Moral Character in Physical Education and Sport
(Colin G. Pennington, PhD, Cornell College, Mount Vernon, IA, US)

Chapter 2. Commentary on Moral Development and Behavior
(Anne M. Merrem, PhD, University of West Georgia, Carrollton, GA, US)

Chapter 3. University Business Student Moral Development
(Jeffrey Moore, PhD, and William Hanson, PhD, Anderson University, Anderson, SC, US)

Chapter 4. Observing Positive Sporting Behaviors during Golf Competition Using the THOMAS Instrument
(Colin G. Pennington, PhD, Cornell College, Mount Vernon, IA, US)

Chapter 5. Increasing Physical Activity-Based Youth Character Development During Out-Of-School Time Programs
(Daniela Susnara, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL, US)

Chapter 6. Developing Morals and Character through the Teaching Personal and Social Responsibility Model
(Victoria Nicole Ivy, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL, US)

Chapter 7. Moral Development within Inclusive Physical Education
(Kelsey McEntyre and Sharon Tiffany Bowers, Tarleton State University, Stephenville, TX, US)


"Colin Pennington’s recent publication, 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

Keywords: Moral Development, Character, Sportsmanship, Physical Education, Social Responsibility

Audience: Teachers, Physical educators, Coaches, Professors

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