Advancing student moral development: Using human-centered design and teacher-led action research to support design-and-development research in k-12 public schools
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In this study teachers collaboratively developed a model that depicts how moral education can be integrated into curriculum and instruction. This intervention was necessary because of the lack of guidance for teachers on how to bring moral education into their classrooms. While most public school districts in Allegheny County emphasize moral development in their strategic statements, the vast majority of the pre-service programs that prepare those teachers provide no instruction related to moral education. Due to this lack of training, teachers feel unprepared to advance their students’ moral development, despite believing that it is their responsibility to do so. During this program teachers participated in professional development in which they examined research and literature related to moral education, moral development, and moral psychology. Teachers were also introduced to human-centered design philosophy and methods prior to conducting action research, and a model was created that illustrates how moral education can be integrated into curriculum and instruction.