Children's Moral Lives: An Ethnographic and Psychological Approach
English | 2013 | ISBN: 1119974224, 1119974216 | PDF | 250 pages | 3 Mb
Children's Moral Lives provides a rich account of moral events in children's lives. Based on observation, interviews and questionnaires at a large multicultural primary school, it offers a rare opportunity to go behind the scenes of children's everyday lives into the complex moral issues they routinely negotiate.
The book shows that while school rules focus on the value of welfare and harm avoidance, children invest in a range of additional, and sometimes conflicting, values, such as loyalty, reciprocity, toughness and status. Almost all previous research on moral development has involved individual interviews by researchers unknown to the child. In this case, the author spent over two years gaining children's trust, and as a result provides insights into aspects of child morality that have previously been overlooked. In so doing, she not only aids professionals seeking to understand children's experiences in the peer group, but also contributes to theoretical debates about the nature and development of morality in children.