Publication: 2019, Logos Publisher, Berlin.
Chapter 4 of my book is available for download: “How to make moral competence visible:” http://moralcompetence.net/pdf/Lind-2019_How_to_teach_moral_competence_ch_4.pdf
Endorsements and reviews:
“Lind’s mastery of the history and philosophy of morality and moral education is quite apparent, as he quotes voluminously from sources ranging from Socrates, Kant, and Spinoza to Piaget, Kohlberg, and Pinker. Fortunately, unlike many authors in his field who write dense prose seemingly designed to impress or intimidate non-expert readers, he writes of the complex issues bound up in morality in a beautifully clear and persuasive manner.” Dr. Richard M. Felder, Hoechst Celanese Professor Emeritus of Chemical Engineering at North Carolina State University. Co-author of “Teaching and Learning STEM: A Practical Guide” (Jossey-Bass, 2016)
“An important book”. Dr. Dr. Jan Ilhan Kizilhan, Professor at Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University, Head of the Department of Mental Health and Addiction.
“The significance of Lind’s book can hardly be overstated. It contributes both (a) to advancing psychological research world-wide and (b) to the application of psychology in the much neglected field of educational instruction, where psychological application is often confined to testing and counseling. The book has global significance because, as I already noted, it is based on universal moral ideals and principle. Moreover, Lind’s Moral Competence Test is culturally valid because it uses, as he outlines in his book, participants’ own moral orientations as standards for scoring instead of external, culturally specific standards.” Dr. Shaogang Yang, Professor of Psychology, Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, P. R. China.
“Congrats on your book!! You have made a wonderful contribution to the field, and for, importantly, society!!” Paul R. Carr, Ph.D., Professeur Département des sciences de l’éducation Université du Québec en Outaouais (UQO). Co-editor of “Democracy and decency. What does education have to do with it?”
“Dr. Lind’s experimental and educational approach to morality is unique worldwide.” Dr. Ewa Nowak, Professor of Philosophy, University of Poznan, Poland. Author of “Experimental ethics.”
“Whoever is interested in the training of students, teachers and educators of all kinds will find appropriate information for primary, secondary and post-secondary education and beyond.” Dr. Wilhelm Peterßen, Professor emeritus of Education, University of Education at Weingarten, Germany.
“Dr. Lind’s threefold combination of theory, practice, and empirical research might become the standard for pedagogical developments which do not only claim, but demonstrate hands-on, and show proof for effects.” Dr. Sibylle Reinhardt, Professor emeritus of Social Studies, University of Halle, Germany. Author of “Teaching Civics.”
What is morality? How can it be made visible? What is its nature and origin? How relevant is it for every-day decision-making? And, most importantly, how can it be taught? These age-old yet still unanswered questions cannot be addressed, Lind argues, unless we develop a new science of moral behavior and education. Lind does just that in his book, invoking related contributions by eminent philosophers, psychologists and educators. The first part presents a new way of studying morality, and a great bulk of Lind’s own research and the work of other scholars which back it up.
The second part shows how to teach morality effectively and sustainably with Lind’s Konstanz Method of Dilemma Discussion (KMDD), which is used in all ages and cultures. On the basis of many years of practical international experience with the KMDD in different institutions of education, professional schools, armed forces, and prisons, Lind provides advice how educators can learn, implement and improve the method. Lind also presents the related Just Community method of democratic community building.
Born shortly after World War II, in 1947, Dr. Georg Lind’s interest in morality goes back to his adolescence when he learned about the atrocities of the Nazi dictatorship: How can we prevent this from happening again? How can we develop morality, peace and democracy? This book contains his answer.
Until his retirement in 2010, Dr. Lind was professor of psychology and researcher at the University of Konstanz, Germany. He was guest professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, the Universidad de Monterrey, and the Humboldt University at Berlin.
He now works as a lecturer, writer, researcher and teacher trainer. He lectured in Austria, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Italy, Mexico, Poland, Switzerland, and the United States.
He has newly founded the Institute for Moral-Democratic Competence (IMDC) and has been elected its first chair of the governing board.
Here you will get to Dr. Lind’s website “Moral-Democratic Competence”: http://moralcompetence.net/home-e.htm .
This book, or recent editions of it, are avaiable also in German, Chinese, Korean, Spanish and Greek. A Portguese editon is in preparation.