How can moral development be fostered in the classroom? To answer this question, this project examines education literature, the author's own experiences, current brain research relating to self regulation, an overview of moral development theories, moral development research, and the instructional implications of this research. There is evidence that certain conditions foster moral development and that these conditions can be promoted in the classroom. Moral development depends on social experiences that teach developmental building blocks such as emotional knowledge, self-regulation and pro-social behavior. Without these building blocks, moral development is unlikely to occur. Linking the fostering of moral development to content embedded in Manitoba's Social Studies curriculum will be made through the example unit plans included.
This thesis is about a number of First Nations community members that pursued a post-secondary education. The purpose of the research was to investigate their post-secondary educational experience including motivating factors and importance of the process in their lives and the community they represent. The researcher used a qualitative methodology for the study in the form of focus groups. A traditional talking circle method was used to collect data. Three talking circles took place on-reserve and two questions were asked. Sixteen community members that attended post-secondary education participated. They received emotional support and encouragement from a visionary Sister, peers, family and community members. All the participants spoke of how difficult it was to pursue post-secondary and their fulfilling experience. The participants have found meaningful employment on and off-reserve impacting their community culturally and academically. All of them are playing a vital role encouraging others in their communities to further their education. --Leaf 3.