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Educating Competencies for Democracy

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Edited By Ewa Nowak, Dawn Schrader and Boris Zizek

While democratic ideals are cherished by many worldwide, practice and competence in democratic procedures and behaviors are fading. Educating for democracy involves teaching skills that contribute to the democratic ideals, such as fairness, due process, and respect for the dignity, rights, and autonomy of others. In this volume, researchers from throughout the world draw from the Dual-Aspect Theory, the Konstanz Method of Dilemma Discussion, and the Moral Judgment Test, developed by German psychologist Georg Lind to advance democratic competencies. Grounded in Lawrence Kohlberg’s theory of moral judgment, contributors report research at various levels of social engagement, such as schools, workplaces, governments, prisons, and communities, to describe how people can, and do, develop democratic competencies that hold promise for creating interactions and institutions that are just and fair.

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Editorial Preface. Can Democracy Be Taught? ....................................................... VII Horst Frank (Lord Mayor of Konstanz), Citizens of Konstanz as Beneficients of the Konstanz Method of Dilemma Discussion ............................................. 1 Part I The Cognitive Competencies in Research Kristin Prehn, Moral Judgment Competence. A Re-Evaluation of the Dual As- pect Theory Based on Recent Neuroscientific Research ................................... 9 Marcia Schillinger, Verifying the Dual-Aspect Theory: A Cross-Cultural Study on Learning Environment and Moral Judgment Competence ......................... 23 Zhang Jing & Yang Shaogang, The Research and Development of the Moral Judgment Test in China ................................................................................... 47 Anna Laura Comunian, The Cross-Cultural Construct Validity of the Padua Moral Judgment Scale ..................................................................................... 59 Patrícia Unger Raphael Bataglia & Marcia Schillinger, Moral Segmentation in Studies with the Moral Judgment Test in Brazil ......................................... 71 Piotr Leśniewski, Ethics and Metaphysics. On Some Practical Aspects of Erotetic Rationality ......................................................................................... 83 Klaus Helkama, Change in Moral Judgment in Medical School: The Role of Hierarchy ......................................................................................................... 97 Anna Izabela Brzezińska, Tomasz Czub, Magdalena Czub, Radosław Kaczan, Konrad Piotrowski, Małgorzata Rękosiewicz, Postponed or Delayed Adulthood ? ........................................................................................ 103 Aswati Hamzah & Khadijah Binti-Zon, Identification and Characterization of Malay Students’ Moral Reasoning Competencies ........................................... 127 Jutta H. Wester de Michelini, Discourse Ethics, Moral Argumentation, and Education for Civic Responsibility: A Qualitative Approach to Moral Judgment Test Applied to Young Political Scientists at a Public University in Argentina .................................................................................................... 147 VI Contents Part II Educating Competencies Matthias Scharlipp, Experiencing Freedom and Democracy at School: Konstanz Method of Dilemma Discussion ....................................................................... 163 Nadja Groß, Application of the Konstanz Method of Dilemma Discussion in French Class and Its...

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