Thirty. Children's Social and Moral Reasoning

  1. Peter K. Smith3 and
  2. Craig H. Hart4
  1. Charles C. Helwig1 and
  2. Elliot Turiel2

Published Online: 22 FEB 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444390933.ch30

The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Childhood Social Development, Second Edition

The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Childhood Social Development, Second Edition

How to Cite

Helwig, C. C. and Turiel, E. (2010) Children's Social and Moral Reasoning, in The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Childhood Social Development, Second Edition (eds P. K. Smith and C. H. Hart), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444390933.ch30

Editor Information

  1. 3

    Goldsmiths, University of London, London, England

  2. 4

    Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, USA

Author Information

  1. 1

    University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada

  2. 2

    University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 22 FEB 2011
  2. Published Print: 3 DEC 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405196796

Online ISBN: 9781444390933

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Keywords:

  • Children's Social and Moral Reasoning;
  • study of morality has been approached from different perspectives within several disciplines;
  • alternative view on moral development, in keeping with a long line of philosophical analyses from Aristotle to Kant and to modern versions;
  • Development of Social and Moral Judgments;
  • Children also have been found to distinguish morality from authority and legal rules;
  • children's judgments regarding different aspects of morality and social convention;
  • Children also distinguish between different situations when evaluating the acceptability of race - based exclusion;
  • development of children's autonomy is an area that has received much attention in recent research;
  • Basic concepts of personal autonomy and individual choice are likely to serve as a foundation for more abstract notions of individual freedom;
  • children develop an understanding of others as intentional beings motivated by beliefs and desires that, in some situations

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • The Development of Social and Moral Judgments

  • The Development of Social Thought and Action

  • Reasoning About Exclusion Based on Gender and Race

  • The Development of Concepts of Autonomy, Rights, and Democracy

  • Theory of Mind and Reasoning About Social and Moral Norms

  • Culture and Social Development

  • Conclusion

  • Acknowledgment

  • References