Moral Competence

is the ability to resolve problems and conflicts on the basis of universal moral principles by means of deliberation and discussion, instead of using violence, deceit and coercion.

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In preparation, 2016

How to measure moral competence?
The Moral Competence Test (MCT)

Evaluation in Education / ITSE

How do we foster moral competence?
The Konstanz Method of Dilemma-Discussion (KMDD)®


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The findings of moral psychology suggest that violence, deceit and coercion are behaviours which result from a lack of moral competence. It appears that many people lack the moral competence they need to resolve the issues and conflicts with which they are faced.

The question here is not what the “real” cause of this lack is, whether it is the media, parents, capitalism, religion or whatever. Instead, the question must be how we can help people to develop their moral competence. We now know:

  • all people all over the world have moral ideals and want to be good
  • to apply these moral ideals in everyday life, people must develop moral-democratic competence
  • today this competence can be promoted effectively and sustainably
  • moral competence must be actively fostered, as adolescents/young people are not exposed to enough natural learning opportunities for them to develop a sufficiently high level of moral competence.

The best place to foster moral-democratic competence is within the education system, provided the system creates the kind of environment which is conducive to learning.

As taxpayers we can insist on this.

KMDD-Workshop-Seminars *

Symposia and Lectures

blue June 11 & 25, 2016, 10:00 - 15:00, Konstanz, KMDD Mini-Workshops, Integrationsbeirat.

blue Aug. 1 - 5, 2016, Konstanz (in English). Registration is open. Deadline: Juni 30, 2016

blue Nov, 2016, Macau, VR China

Please register as early as possible to get all the information.
Please note that the first day of the workshop-seminar is open to all and free of charge.
Inquire here: (georg[dot]Lind[ät]uni-konstanz[dot]de)

Past workshops:

blue Feb. 2 - 5, 2016, Istanbul.

blue July 28 - Aug. 1, 2015, Weingarten.

blue July 6 - 10, 2015, Guangzhou, China

blue April 22, 2016, "Moral und Ethik". Eingeladener Vortag im Gesprächskreis 'Ethik, Philosophie und Schule' an der Universität Leipzig.

blue June 16, 2016 "Moral development and education" (working title), invited lecture, 25th Anniversary Conference of the Polish Association of Developmental Psychology, Krakow.

blue Aug. 4th, 10:00 - 5th, 13:00 (1:00 p.m.) 2016 10th International Anniversary Symposium "Moral Competence: Speaking, Listening, and Democracy", Konstanz.

blue Sept/Oct 2016 "On Moral Competence." Invited lecture, University of California at Irvine, invited lecture. Date, place and title to be announced.

Past events

blue Nov. 5 - 7, 2015, Annual Conference of the Association for Moral Education (AME), Santos, Brazil.
Presentation: Internal Definition But External Measurement of Moral Competence?, Slides
Workshop: The Moral Competence Test (MCT), Slides

Nowak, E., Schrader, D. & Zizek, B, eds., (2013). Educating competencies for democracy. Frankfurt: Peter Lang Order Lind, G. (2008). La moral puede ensenarse. Mexico: trillas
Mail order: trillas

Edison, NJ: Transaction Publisher.Also available as Google Books

Kay Hmmerling: Morality behind bars. An intervention study on fostering moral competence in prisoners as a new approach to social rehabilitation. Frankfurt: Peter Lang.

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