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"Can Morality be Taught? Is it a Competence?"

International Conference: Workshops, Paper Sessions, and Symposia, 27 - 31 July, 2009



Monday through Friday: Video installation in room G 311: Just community and dilemma discussions in various settings
Heidi Gehrig, University of Education St. Gallen, Switzerland & Kay Hemmerling, University of Konstanz
Monday   Room E 404 Workshop The Konstanz Method of Dilemma Discussion (KMDD) by Georg Lind
MENO: Can you tell me, Socrates, whether virtue is acquired by teaching or by practice; or if neither by teaching nor by practice, then whether it comes to man by nature, or in what other way? *
8.30 - 9.00

Aims and overview; Introduction of the workshop participants

Slides 1: PDF; Slides 2: PDF ; see references below

9.00 - 10.30
Practical exercise: Dilemma discussion  

Comfort break

11.00 - 12.30
The four teaching principles of the KMDD Slides: PDF


Lunch break


1.30 - 3.30

How to construct an "educative moral dilemma" ?

Slides 1: PDF; Slides 2: PDF

Comfort break

4.00 - 5.00
The effectivity of the KMDD / How to obtain a KMDD-Teacher certificate? KMDD certificate
Non-host dinner at the restaurant "Costa del Sol"  

Tuesday   Room E 404 Workshop The Moral Judgment Test (MJT) by Georg Lind 
SOCRATES: But if this be affirmed, then the desire of good is common to all, and one man is no better than another in that respect? *
8.30 - 10.00
Meaning and measurement of moral judgment competence: A dual-aspect approach Slides: Flash; see references below
10.00 - 10.30

Comfort break

10.30 - 1.00
Scoring of the Moral Judgment Test

Bring your pocket calculator along

Lunch break  
     Room A 702 : MOSAIC 2009 Paper Sessions : Chair Ewa Nowak
The dilemma of responsible application of universal ethical norms in concrete contexts of social action ... abstract | slides
Jutta H. Wester da Michelini (Universidad de Rio Cuarto, Argentina)
Development of moral competence in teachers education
Patricia Bataglia, Maria Silva & Maria Aprile (Universidade Banderante de San Paulo, Brazil) ... abstract

Comfort break

3:30 - 4:30

The cross-cultural construct validity of the Padua Moral Judgment Scale ... abstract
Anna Laura Comunian & Uwe. P. Gielen (University of Padua, Italy & St Francis College, New York)

Is a construction of lifeworlds possible? ... abstract
Karolina M. Cern (Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland)


Comfort break

5:00 - 6:30

Power of KMDD - picture and word. ... abstract
Karolina Budzinska & Adrianna Urbanska (University of Poznan, Poland)

Was ist die Moral der Esoterik.? Oder: was kann man denn noch glauben?
Herbert Rätz (Arbeitskammer des Saarlands) ... abstract

Dilemmatic logical reasoning competence in adolescent moral reasoning and development: A pilot training programme
Gerald Taylor (Tempe Elementary School District)


Wednesday   Room A 702 : MOSAIC paper and poster sessions (cont'd) Chair: Marcia Schillinger  

SOCRATES: And if one man is not better than another in desiring good, he must be better in the power of attaining it?*

9.00 - 10.00

Sessions in German

Wie stärken die KMDD und der philosophische Dialog mit Kindern die Urteils- und Diskurskompetenzen? ... abstract
Anna Lesniewska (Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland)

Das Zusammenspiel von Bildung und Religion in der Moralentwicklung: Eine Studie über rumänische Universitätsstudenten ... abstract
Iuliana Lupu (Universität Konstanz)



Comfort break


10.30 - 11.30

Sessions in German

Die religös bedingte moralische Segmetierung bei iranischen Studenten ... abstract
Soudabeh Saeidi- Parvaneh (Universität Konstanz)

Moral und Sporterziehung: Determinanten von relevanten Interventionsprogrammen, die moralische Entwicklung bei Studierenden fördern.... abstract
Katerina Mouratidou (University of Thessaloniki, Dept. of Physical Education and Sport Sciences, Serres, Greece) abstract |



Comfort break

12.00 - 1.00

Fostering moral judgment competence of incarcerated delinquents as an important goal of education processes in rehabilitation ... abstract |
Kay Hemmerling (Universität Konstanz)

The MJT and Piaget's Affective-Cognitive Parallelism: 'Bootstrapping' and A Reading from the theory of Logical Types ... Abstract
Rignald Sitoris (Curacao & Universität Konstanz)

  Lunch break  
  Room A 702 : MOSAIC paper and poster sessions (cont'd) : Chair Matthias Scharlipp
2.00 - 3.00

Assessment and teaching strategies for moral education in Armenia ... abstract
Mary Avetisyan (Armenian State Pedagogical University, Eriwan, Armenia

Ethical decision making and responsible behaviour as criteria for personnel selection ... abstract
Monika Eigenstetter (Friedrich-Schiller Universität, Jena)


Comfort break

3.30 - 5.00

The language of love?! – The influence of the KMDD on emotions in a French class ... abstract
Nadja Gross (University of Konstanz)

The features of moral judgment competence among Chinese adolescents ... abstract
Shaogang Yang (Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, China)

The moral reasoning schemes of Malay students ... abstract
Aswati bt Hamzah (University Sains Malaysia)

Thursday   Room A 702 : MOSAIC paper sessions | Chair: Neil Ferguson 
SOCRATES: Then the acquisition of such goods is no more virtue than the non-acquisition and want of them, but whatever is accompanied by justice or honesty is virtue, and whatever is devoid of justice is vice. *
9.00 - 10.30

Democratizing Democracy Education ... abstract | paper
Bill Puka (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, New York)

Organisational democracy and socio-moral atmosphere: Antecedents of humanistic behavioural orientations of employees ... abstract
Wolfgang G. Weber (University of Innsbruck, Austria)

Accountants and moral judgement competence ... abstract | PP-Presentation
Marcia Schillinger (University of Education) & Devendra Kodwani (ACCA & Open University, Glasgow, Scotland)


Thu 10.30 am - 11.30
Poster session with authors.

Lecture halls area A 6

Just community and dilemma discussions in various settings
Heidi Gehrig (University of Education St. Gallen, Switzerland) & Kay Hemmerling (University of Konstanz)

Aggressive Behaviour in Schools: Moral Dilemmas and Classroom Climate.... Abstract
Barbara Gasteiger-Klicpera*, Christian Klicpera** & Marcia Schillinger* (*University of Education Weingarten; **University of Vienna)

Concepts of moral and ethics and learning environment: A transversal study with psychology students ... abstract
Marica Bortolanza & Patricia Bataglia (Universidade Banderante de San Paulo, Brazil)

Ethical dilemmas in the psycho-oncologists' practice: Evaluation of situations which involves secrecy and human life ... abstract
Fernanda Souza & Patricia Bataglia (Universidade Banderante de San Paulo, Brazil)

Moral judgement competence, teaching-learning environment and nursing students in a public university at Rio Janeiro ... abstract
Marcia Silva Oliveiria, Sergio Rego & Patricia Bataglia (National School of Public Health Sergio Arouca and Universidade Banderante de San Paulo, Brazil)

10.30 - 11.30
Reception at the conference site + poster session + Book exhibition and sale  
11.30 - 12.30

Conference Opening (no admission fees) .

Chair: Prof. Dr. Georg Lind

  • 11.30 - 11.40 Prof. Dr. Georg Lind: Welcome and brief overview
  • 11.45 - 11.50 Prof. Neill Ferguson, Ph.D., Hope University Liverpool: MOSAIC and Konstanz
  • 11.50 - 12.00 Prof. Dr. Ulrich Ruediger, Rector-elect, University of Konstanz
  • 12.00 - 12.10 Dr. Margret Ruep, Rector of the University of education Weingarten
  • 12.10 - 12.30 Georg Lind: The preliminary end of a life-long (re)search: Yes, morality can, and must be taught.


  Lunch break  
    Room A 702 : Symposia 
1.30 - 3.00

Symposium 1: Is morality a competence? Can it be taught?

Chair: Dr. Marcia Schillinger

Opening statement: Prof. Lind, University of Konstanz ... paper

  • Prof. Uwe Gielen, St. Francis College, Brooklyn, NY, USA. .
  • Prof. Terri Thorkildsen, University of Illinois, Chicago, USA slides

See references below


Comfort break


3.30 - 5.00

Symposium 2: The relevance of moral discourse competence for democracy

Chair: Mr. Kay Hemmerling

Opening statement: Prof. Nowak, Adam Mickiewicz University of Poznan, Poland... paper

  • Prof. Neil Ferguson, Hope University, Liverpool, England
  • Prof. Bill Puka, Rensellear College, NY, USA
  • Prof. Dawn Schrader, Ph.D., Cornell University, NY, USA

See slides: PDF

-Reception and founding of the "KMDD im Justizvollzug" Cafe Arche (university)

Friday   Room A 702 : Symposia, Conference Banquet  

SOCRATES: Then if virtue is knowledge, virtue will be taught? -- MENO: Certainly. *

9.00 - 10.30

Symposium 3: Freiheit und Demokratie in der Schule erleben: Die Konstanzer Methode der Dilemma-Diskussion (Experiencing freedom and democracy at school: Konstanz Method of Dilemma Discussion)

Chair: Prof. Dr. Ewa Nowak

Opening presentation: Mr. Matthias Scharlipp (KMDD Institute Berlin) ... paper

  • Prof. Katerina Mouratidou, University of Serres, Greece
  • Prof. Anne Ratzki, Universität Paderborn
  • Dr. Nermin Ciftci, Yildiz Teknik Universitesi, Istanbul, Turkey ... video
  • Mrs. Heidi Gehrig, University of Eduation St. Gallen, Switzerland

See slides: PDF; see: Lind, 2008 and references below


Comfort break

11.00 - 12.30

Symposium 4: Moral regression in medical education -- Can it be reversed?

Chair: Mr. Kay Hemmerling

Opening statement: Dr. Marcia Schillinger, Dept. Ed. Psychology, PH Weingarten slides | paper

  • Prof. Sergio Rego, National School of Public Health, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Prof. Dr. Klaus Helkama, Dept. of Social Psychology, University of Helsinki, Finland
  • Prof. Dr. Christian Dettmers, Neurology, Kliniken Schmieder,Konstanz

See Lind, 2000, Lind, 2000, Schillinger, 2006,

  Lunch break  
13.30 - 15.00

Symposium 5: Where in the brain is moral judgment competence?

Chair: Dr. Marcia Schillinger

Opening statement: Dr. Kristin Prehn, Free University of Berlin, Cluster of Excellence "Languages of Emotion" ... Abstract | Slides

  • Prof. Bill Puka, Rensellear College, NY, USA
  • Prof. Dr. Christian Dettmers, Neurology, Kliniken Schmieder,Konstanz
  • Prof. Dr. Georg Lind, Dept of Psychology, University of Konstanz

See Prehn at al., 2008 (user = lind-kurs, password = kohlberg); see slides: PDF


Comfort break


top   Room Audimax :  Special Event with Antanas Mockus 
16.00 - 18.00
A 702 or Audimax

Symposium 6: New challenges of moral and democratic education

Chair: Prof. Dr. Georg Lind

Opening statement: Prof. Antanas Mockus, Corporación Visionarios por Colombia, Bogotá. | ... video

  • Special guest: Mayor Horst Frank, Konstanz
  • Prof. Thomas E. Wren, Ph.D., Loyola University Chicago, USA paper

Mockus (2003) [user = lind-kurs, password = kohlberg]

No-host conference banquet with music and dance at Restaurant "SeeRhein" Bus stop "Sternenplatz", 100 meter west Spanierstraße. bus lines 9A, 9B, 6, also 2, 3, 4, 5, 12; Bus stop Sternenplatz. Location
SOCRATES: I told you, Meno, just now that you were a rogue, and now you ask whether I can teach you, when I am saying that there is no teaching, but only recollection; and thus you imagine that you will involve me in a contradiction. *


* Socrates:
Quoted from Project Gutenberg (21st Febr. 2009)

Lind, G. (2008). The meaning and measurement of moral judgment competence revisited - A dual-aspect model. In: D. Fasko & W. Willis, eds., Contemporary Philosophical and Psychological Perspectives on Moral Development and Education , pp. 185 - 220 . Cresskill. NJ: Hampton Press. Download
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Lind, G. (2008). Teaching students to speak up and to listen to others: Cultivating moral democratic competencies. In: D.E. Lund & P.R. Carr, eds., Doing democracy and social justice in education: Political literacy for all students , pp. 185-220. New York: Peter Lang Publishing. Download (Password: kohlberg)
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Video with KMDD:
"Jan ist verliebt" (in German) ... more

Impact of Higher Education:
Lind, G. (2009). Favorable Learning Environments for Moral Development – A Multiple Intervention Study With 3.000 Students in a Higher Education Context. ... Download

The Konstanz Method of Dilemma Discussion ... more

Videos with a dilemma discussion and other material ... more

Studies in the Konstanz Method of Dilemma Discussion and related topics ... more

Studies on, and founding, the Moral Judgment Test (MJT) ... more

Information on self-determined evaluation, ITSE etc. ... more

Background reading for download ... more [lind-kurs, kohlberg]

Publications by Georg Lind ... more

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  • University of Education Weingarten
  • University of Poznan
  • City of Konstanz ("Jahr der Wissenschaft 2009")
  • Humboldt-Stiftung
  • Hans-Böckler-Stiftung
  • Montag Stiftung
  • Neue Arbeit e.V. Konstanz
  • and numerous individual donators (from the small purses of great friends): Thank you in particular !

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