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Vita: I was adjunct professor of psychology at the University of Konstanz until 2012. I was also visiting professor at the University of Illinois, the Universidad de Monterrey, Mexico, and Humboldt, University, Germany.
Now I am a free-lance writer, curriculum-designer, instructor, speaker, trainer, policy-advisor… more
I have several research interests, but my main topic, which dates back to my high school days, is moral-democratic competence which is essential for democracy as a way of life. Since 1973 I have been involved in research on, and teaching of, this topic: I developed the first objective, experimental measurement instrument of moral competence, the “Moral Competence Test” (MCT) (formerly called Moral Judgment Test, MJT). The MCT has been translated and validated in 39 languages, and is used world-wide in research and evaluation studies. The MCT is the first objective test of cognitive-structural properties of moral behavior, which could before only be measured with subjective clinical interview methods. It is a behavioral test, namely it measures the cognitive and affective aspects as they are manifested in a person’s judgment behavior. It is based on moal-psychological theory instead of on dubious statistical models like most tests are.
Whereas Lawrence Kohlberg declared dilemma discussion as deaf, I have developed a new highly effective dilemma discussion method for fostering moral-democratic competence, the “Konstanzer Methode der Dilemma-Diskussion” (KMDD)® and its sister method of Discussion Theater. I also designed a training and certification program for KMDD-Teachers. I have been been invited to train teachers and teacher students to use the KMDD in many countries (e.g., Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Germany, Mexico, Poland, and Switzerland).
I also maintain a website on moral and democratic competence education: <http://www.uni-konstanz.de/ag-moral>. You will find events, offers for training and certification, and articles for download there.
The fourth much extented edition of my book “Moral ist lehrbar” has been released in 2019. It has been translated into Spanish and Greek.
In 2016 I have published the first English book in moral competence research and educarion: “How to Teach Morality.” On my web-site you will find several reviews and testimonials by eminent scholars. The book is being translated into Chinese by professor Shaogang Yang, Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, and into Korean by professor Gyun Yeol Park, Gyeongsang National University.
My newest brain child is Discussion Theater, a new form of theater aligned with the moral ideal of a democratic way of life (John ‘Dewey). The play is called “Speaking & Listening.” Basically it is an adaptation of the Konstanz Method of Dilemma Discussion for the publich space. The premier in the Frauenkirche of Dresden on June 21, 2017, was successful. We had more potential participants than we could accommodate.
Interview by Uwe Eckart Böttger (in German): http://youtu.be/HxmY7dye8hM (2014)
Conversation with students and staff of the University of California at Irvine: https://youtu.be/Zjf79AVkv0w (2014)