SIG 13 - Moral and Democratic Education


Dorit Alt

Kinneret College on the Sea of Galilee, Israel

Hermann J. Abs

University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany

Catherine Näpflin

Pädagogische Hochschule Luzern. Switzerland

Mission statement


SIG 13 addresses questions of moral and democratic education from a scientific perspective with a particular focus on theoretically founded empirical research. Moral education means education to improve the learner's moral competence and actions, and democratic education deals with the furthering of democratic knowledge, attitudes, and actions in all their facets. 
Moral and democratic competences are key issues in today's society. Competencies of this kind are topics in the school curricula of most countries; however, moral and democratic education mostly play a minor role in teaching, and where it is seen as important, it is usually not based on research outcomes but on traditions which oftentimes are quite questionable from a scientific point of view. The aim of SIG 13 is to promote warranted moral and democratic education, i.e., moral and democratic education that capitalizes on research in learning, development, and education, both in school and outside.


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SIG 13 invited symposium at EARLI 2017

Migration and education for democratic citizenship
August 29th - September 2nd
University of Tampere, Finland

SIG 13 Biennial Conference

Professionals' Ethos and Education for Responsibility
6th - 9th of July, 2016
University of Salzburg, Austria