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Moral Education: A Sociological Study of the Influence of Society, Home and School


reviewed by David E. Engel 1976

coverTitle: Moral Education: A Sociological Study of the Influence of Society, Home and School
Author(s): William Kay
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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In recent years interest in axiology and moral education among educators has been dominated by the so-called values clarification approach and the psychological findings and theories of Lawrence Kohlberg. While the rationalistic analysis and critique of utilitarian valuative outlooks presented by John Rawls has created some stir among philosophers, this theoretical celebration of altruism has not yet had much effect on educators. In any of these instances, however, the insights of sociological investigation have been minor if not totally lacking. Kay's book goes a considerable distance in making up for the lack of attention given to social investigation in the field of moral education. The work contains copious references to sociological studies, many of British origin, and initially states a major theme ("the preconditions of morality must be established before more growth is possible") which turns out to be a central thesis of the book. In each case, the preconditions to... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 77 Number 4, 1976, p. 650-652
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 1311, Date Accessed: 12/16/2017 7:26:46 PM

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