The Development of Social Knowledge: Morality and Convention

The Development of Social Knowledge: Morality and Convention

Paperback Cambridge Studies in Social and Emotional Development

By (author) Elliot Turiel, Series edited by Carolyn Uhlinger Shantz, Series edited by Robert N. Emde, Series edited by Willard W. Hartup, Series edited by Lois Wladis Hoffman, Series edited by Franz J. Mönks, Series edited by Eleanor E. Maccoby, Series edited by Nancy Eisenberg, Series edited by Carolyn Zahn-Waxler, Series edited by Ross D. Parke


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  • Format: Paperback | 252 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 224mm x 20mm | 422g
  • Publication date: 15 February 2003
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge
  • ISBN 10: 0521273056
  • ISBN 13: 9780521273053
  • Illustrations note: 2d.23tabs.
  • Sales rank: 1,058,712

Product description

Children are not simply molded by the environment; through constant inference and interpretation, they actively shape their own social world. This book is about that process. Elliot Turiel's work focuses on the development of moral judgement in children and adolescents and, more generally, on their evolving understanding of the conventions of social systems. His research suggests that social judgements are ordered, systematic, subtly discriminative, and related to behavior. His theory of the ways in which children generate social knowledge through their social experiences will be of interest to a wide range of researchers and students in child development and education.

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Table of contents

Preface; 1. Introduction: approaches to the study of social knowledge; 2. Structure and development; 3. Social experience and social knowledge; 4. Dimensions of social judgments; 5. Rules and prohibitions; 6. The development of concepts of social convention and coordination of domains; 7. The development of moral judgments; 8. Noncognitive approaches to moral development: internalization and biological determinism; 9. Social judgments and actions: coordination of domains; 10. Conclusions: interaction, development, and rationality; References; Index.