Moral education and democratic education

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    Both democratic education and moral education have significant formative components. That is to say, educators in both domains are concerned not only with imparting knowledge and understanding and equipping pupils with skills and competences, but also with cultivating dispositions and attitudes. A central aim of democratic education is to dispose children towards democracy and a central aim of moral education is to make children moral. My particular interest in this chapter is in how we should understand the relationship between these two formative projects. Is the cultivation of democratic dispositions and attitudes an exercise in moral formation? Are democratic educators, to that extent at least, also moral educators?
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationThe Cambridge Handbook of Democratic Education
    EditorsJulian Culp, Johannes Drerup, Douglas Yacek
    Place of PublicationCambridge
    PublisherCambridge University Press
    Number of pages14
    ISBN (Electronic)9781009071536
    ISBN (Print)9781009069885
    Publication statusPublished - Apr 2023

    Publication series

    NameCambridge Handbooks in Education
    PublisherCambridge University Press


    • moral education
    • democratic education
    • moral formation
    • group decision-making
    • democratic dispositions
    • fair play
    • problem of sociality
    • circumstances of justice
    • subscription to standards
    • compulsory voting


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