Student Values and Morals Development

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Values and Moral Development
Catherine E. Truelove
Grand Canyon University
May 19, 2011

Values and Moral Development
The society in today’s world is constantly saying that the current youth has a lack in morals and values. (Helms, 1974) Many feel that this is happening due to the lack of religious rearing. While others believe that it steems from wearing down of family life, transormation of techonology, intricacy of ecological issues, and/or from future shock. According to Ronald G. Helms we look to educators for guidance and advice, better to educate our students with morals and values. “Educators must face this situation and accept their responsibility for provideing a method of early moral development.” (Helms, 1974) Define

According to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary, the definition for moral is the following: “a : of or relating to principles of right and wrong in behavior : ethical b : expressing or teaching a conception of right behavior c : conforming to a standard of right behavior d : sanctioned by or operative on one's conscience or ethical judgment e : capable of right and wrong action ” (Moral, updated) The baisic definition for value judgement is a individual view about how good or bad something or someone is. There are three characteristics of morality that are: self-assessment, intentional struggle to improper thinking and actions, and moral way of thinking. (Sunal & Haas, 2011) Conflict arises when there is a difference in beliefs of what is correct moral behavior. An example would be someone from other counties and/or religious beliefs may think it is okay to treat women badly and in the United States it is not okay. Concepts

The concept is the idea of what something is and/or how it works. With values and moral development it is that educators are expected to help students learn to decipher right from wrong, good from bad in the real world. Piaget’s theory believes you can judge a student’s moral values by watching him or her play. (Murray) He believed that if a child obeys the rules of a game it is a basic view of their understanding of values. How the students interacts with others when competing or working together will show the belief system in which they have learned. “Children who are internally motivated to behave morally, pride themselves on good behavior, and anticipate in blaming themselves for misbehaving and know how to talk themselves out of misbehaving, and know how to avoid thinking about forbidden activities are better able to resist temptations than are children lacking these qualities.” (Sunal & Haas, 2011, pg.287) Differ/Overlap

“Values are the belief structure and motivational paradigm in which a person exists and which drives behavior.” (Cultivating Self Development: Definition of Values and Morals, 2007) Values are significant because it embodies the things that are valuable to you as an individual. It is how a person thinks or feels about certain ideas and actions. The degree to which these values agree with society’s moral code estabishes the morality of that student. The moral aspect is what the society feels is proper and right as a whole. The values and morals of students overlap in many areas; however, they also are different as one is individual and the other is more society established. Impact

The impact of educators teaching values and moral to students can vary according to the values of a particular teacher. The teacher may have different values than the parents and therefore contradict what the parents are teaching their children. This can cause the students to become confused and lose focus on what is truly right and wrong. Cultures differ from each other just as students are all individuals who differ from one another. The positive impact shows students that have parents and teachers who consistently insist that they learn and practice good habits of self...
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