Changes in Teachers’ Moral Role

From Passive Observers to Moral and Democratic Leaders

  • Dorit Alt
  • Roni Reingold

Part of the Moral Development and Citizenship Education book series (MORA, volume 6)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Cees Klaassen
    Pages 13-29
  3. Catherine Dimitriadou, Androniki Gakoudi, Anna Kalaitzidou-Leontaki, Konstantinos Kousaridis
    Pages 31-44
  4. Angela Gastager, Jean-Luc Patry, Andrea Wiedemair
    Pages 45-61
  5. Lea Baratz, Roni Reingold
    Pages 63-71
  6. Nir Ressissi
    Pages 73-80
  7. Dimitris Pnevmatikos, Eirini Papadopoulou
    Pages 81-92
  8. Nitza Schwabsky
    Pages 93-105
  9. Luigina Mortari, Valentina Mazzoni
    Pages 107-120
  10. Dorit Alt
    Pages 121-131
  11. Dimitris Pnevmatikos, Ioannis Trikkaliotis
    Pages 155-163
  12. Sieglinde Weyringer, Jean-Luc Patry, Alfred Weinberger
    Pages 165-179
  13. Brigitte Latzko
    Pages 201-210

About this book


Education for democratic citizenship encompasses cognitive as well as moral characteristics. The responsibility for cultivating these democratic virtues is placed upon the shoulders of educators who are required to create and encourage democratic social life. These characteristics are constantly challenged in present society, in which subject-matter goals and instrumental skills are gaining more importance than socially-valued goals, thus tipping the scales in favour of cognitive skills. Promoting cognitive skills by itself cannot sufficiently influence the formation of a social disposition and could ultimately create, in Dewey`s words, ‘egoistic specialists’ who lack the moral and democratic virtues needed for the creation of genuine social life. This book emphasizes the pedagogical task of education in this regard, and strives to pay greater attention to the obligations of education as a moral socializing agent. This book offers four perspectives on which the education system needs to focus its attention in order to enhance democratic and moral values: Teachers’ and students’ concepts of moral and democratic education; curriculum design; democratic teaching instructional methods; and teacher education. This volume provides a valuable text for a wide audience of students, teachers, policy-makers, curriculum designers and teacher educators to use as an updated reference book for pedagogical and research purposes.


curriculum moral education

Editors and affiliations

  • Dorit Alt
    • 1
  • Roni Reingold
    • 2
  1. 1.Kinneret College on the Sea of GalileeIsrael
  2. 2.Achva College of EducationIsrael

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