The Development of Social Knowledge

The Development of Social Knowledge : Morality and Convention

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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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Product details

  • Paperback | 252 pages
  • 152 x 224 x 20mm | 421.84g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 2d.23tabs.
  • 0521273056
  • 9780521273053
  • 1,156,364

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.

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