How to Foster Moral-Democratic Competence

Schloss Hohenfels, Germany

Last revision:
May 29, 2021

Change of timeline !

We have to reduce the workshop to 4 days.



- preliminary! -

If you wish to obtain the KMDD-Trainee certificate, you must complete the nine tasks below (marked red) and submit them as an e-portfolio (PDF) after the KMDD seminar-workshop ... more

Pre-workshop tasks / pieces to be completed prior to the workshop:

Task 1) Small survey of four or more people: what does morality mean and how can it be fostered? To access survey form, click here.

Task 2) For writing a short dilemma story use this form (click on it).
Ask two people this question: "Did you feel there was a dilemma in this story? If so, how would you describe it?"

Task 3) Complete a two-page questionnaire on two dilemma stories. Click here (unlocked a week before the workshop)

We will start punctually on 14:00 !!! All other times still need to be dapted !!!
14:00 - 14:30

Aim of the workshop-seminar: Fostering moral competence effectively

Cover forms for
- portfolio
- workpieces

14:30 - 16:00

Discussion Theater I. Guest director: Daniel Tello Silva

Dilemma schedule, Observation sheet

16:00 - 16:30
16:30 - 17.30

Self-introduction of the participants

17.30 - 18.00
How to write an 'educative' dilemma story.
Write your own dilemma-story
Task 4) Document the exercise "revising of educative dilemmas"
18.00 - 18.30
Writing/revising your moral dilemma-story.
19.00 - 22.00
9.30 - 10.00

Introduction into the exercise dilemma clarification

10.00 - 11.30

Dilemma Clarification I: Small groups of 4 participants. The participants take up their roles: one 'director,' one 'supervisor,' and two participants. Everyone gets 20 minutes for practice.

Task 5) Document the 'dilemma clarification' task.
clarification report

11.00 - 11.30
Re-writing one's own dilemma story in teams of two.
11.30 - 12.00
12.00 - 13.00
Dilemma Clarification II: plenary session for 2-3 presentations of 20-30 minutes.
13.00 - 14.30

14.30 - 15.30

Calculating the C-score for MCT data by hand (please bring your smartphone or pocket calculator along)

Task 6) Document the calculation of the C-score by hand.
Explanation of the scoring
Sample data

15.30 - 16.00
16.00 - 17.00

Meaning and Measurement of Moral Competence: The Moral Competence Test (MCT) (formerly called Moral Judgment Test, MJT)

  • Analysis and interpretation (more)
  • Searching for errors (more)
  • Frequently asked questions on the MCT (more)

Reading: Lind (2019, Ch. 4): Meaning and measurement. Text... Download (older German version)

Moral Competence Test (MCT)

9.00 - 10.30

The efficacy of Discussion Theater (DT) / Konstanz Method of Dilemma Discussion

Peer supervision (observation sheet)

10.30 - 11.00
11.00 - 11.30
Introduction into the exercise "dilemma presentation"
11.30 - 13.00

Exercise dilemma presentation with wait-time rule
Small groups of four participants.
Everyone session takes 20 minutes. The participants take turns with their role: one 'director', one 'supervisor' und two 'participants'

Task 7) Documentation of the dilemma presentation exercise. Form: English

13.00 - 14.15

14.15 - 16.00

16.00 - 17.00

Discussion Theater II. Director: Georg Lind


  • Do you plan to use the KMDD / Discussion Theater in your working place? Where?
  • Do you have questions about this method?
9.00 - 13.00
Presentation in the Theater of the University (not part of the workshop):
"How we must train teachers to teach moral competence."
14.30 - 15.30

Moral competence: Its nature and relevance, and the need to foster it





Lecture with discussion
Why do we need to foster moral competence?
Why to use the KMDD / Discussion Theater
Where to offer KMDD (schools, universities, prisons, military academies, police academies, Training of jurors, retirement homes, political parties and legislators
Special case: Discussion Theater in the public.
Advertising KMDD and DT
How to get the KMDD-Teacher certificate.
Protection of you investment in KMDD-Training through international registration of the KMDD as a trade mark ®

Social event at a restaurant (to be announced)

- Taking the posttest with the MCT (Task 3)
- Requirements for the KMDD-Trainee certificate, portfolio.
- Support: Web, mailing list, supervision, self-assessment
- Picking a learning partner for the KMDD-Training

- The new "Institute of Moral Competence (IMC)" (association in progress)

11.30 - 13.00
Feedback & Outlook
- How useful was the workshop for you?
One of the guest houses (house Morgenrot with 11 rooms) can be booked until Friday!

Tasks to be completed after the workshop-seminar:

Task 8) Answer the question: What did you learn in this workshop-seminar? (2-3 pages).

Task 9) Review your learning partner's portfolio and have her/him review your portfolio as well. (ca. 1/2 page).

Deadline: If you wish to obtain the "KMDD Trainee Certificate" (valid for two years), you must send your portfolio with all the work pieces/tasks in electronic format up to August 30, 2021 a Georg.Lind[ät]

For portfolio and workpiece covers, use the portfolio cover and workpiece covers. Handwritten material can also be sent in electronic form (scans with 150 dpi).

Download the KMDD-Training Manual here: Full Version.

Links to material:
  • The Konstanz Method of Dilemma Discussion (KMDD)® web-site ... more
  • Information on the KMDD-Teacher Certificate: ... . more (deutsch)
  • Studies on the Discussion Theater and Konstanz Method of Dilemma Discussion (KMDD)® and related topics ... more
  • Studies on the Moral Competence Test (MCT) and its scientific foundation ...more
  • Publications by Georg Lind ... more
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