(c) Georg Lind
Last revision: Aug 4, 2016

Program for download (PDF)

Pictures of the KMDD workshop and Symposium


Fostering Moral and Democratic Competence
with the Konstanz Method of Dilemma Discussion (KMDD)

& 10th International Anniversary Symposium
"Moral Competence: Speaking, Listening & Democracy"

Preparation | Workshop | Symposium | Documents | Cover Pages for Portfolio & Work Items | Portfolio Instructions | KMDD Home Page | Opinions on the KMDD | Certificates


In press, July 2016. Berlin: Logos Publisher




Preparatory tasks to be completed before the seminar:
(Each task is to be documented as a 'work piece' and submitted as a bundle after the seminar)

Task #1 Pre-assessment for the self-evaluation of the seminar. You will get the link to the questionnaire and its access code by e-mail if you have registered for the seminar.
This does work momentarily. Download here the paper-end-pencil version, fill it out and bring thje filled-out-copy with you to the course.

Task #2 Little survey of three people about the concept of morality ... more; use work-piece cover sheet.

Task #3 Collect or construct two dilemma stories. For each dilemma, ask two persons this question: "Did you feel there is a dilemma in this story? If so, how would you describe it?" Use the form for writing a dilemma story;use also work-piece cover sheet.

Please bring along four copies of your stories for the workshop.

Sunday (July 31, 18.00-20.00) optional meeting at outdoor restaurant "Hafenhalle"

The format of this event is a combination of workshop and seminar featuring lecture, discussion, and training.  

Monday (University of Konstanz. Location: Room E 402)

We will start on time ! (9.00 a.m. sharp)
Please be punctual in order not to disturb the other participants.

9.00 am - 9.30

Aim of the workshop-seminar: teaching moral-democraric competence.

9.30 am - 11.00

Video on a KMDD-session with 4th graders (English undertitles)

Practical exercise: Session "Speaking & Listening" (KMDD)
KMDD schedule, Blackboard, Observation sheet | Own story
11.15 am - 12.00
  Self-introduction of the participants  
Lunch Break
  Location: mensa, cafeteria or restaurant in the university  

13.30 pm - 15.00


The phases and principles of the Konstanzer Methode der Dilemma-Diskussion (KMDD)®

Presentation for Symposium

15.30 pm - 17.00

How to write an 'edukative' moral dilemma story.

Revision of a self-made moral dilemma stories in a tandem-group to make it an educative dilemma.

Write your own dilemma-story

Guideline: PDF

Task #4 Document the task "revising of educative dilemmas"; use work-piece cover sheet.

19:00 beginning

Optional meeting (location: restaurant "Costa del Sol")

9.00 - 10.00

Aim and method of the exercise dilemma clarification

10.30 -12.30

Dilemma Clarification: Small groups of 4 participants each are formed. They do four 20 minute sessions, while the participants take turns with their role: 1 teacher, 1 supervisor und 2 audience PDF

Task #5 Document of the 'dilemma clarification' exercise; use work-piece cover sheet.
Lunch Break
  Location: mensa, cafeteria or restaurant in the university  

14.00 - 15.30

The Relevance of Moral Competence for Individual Well-Being and Social Behavior

Relevance... PDF

16.00 - 17.00

Re-writing one's own dilemma story

9.00 - 10.00


The meaning and measurement of moral competence: The Dual-Aspect model and the Moral Competence Test (MCT) [formerly called Moral Judgment Test, MJT]

Task #6 Document the second calculation of the C-score by hand. Sample data

Slides PDF

10.30 - 11.30

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

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

Reading: Lind (2016): Meaning and measurement. Text... PDF

11.30 - 12.30

Optional lecture
Improvement of Teaching through Self-Evaluation (ITSE) & Clinical Peer Supervision

Slides ... PDF
Lunch Break

Location: mensa, cafeteria or restaurant in the university

14.00 - 15.00

How to present a dilemma-story (Wait-time rule)


15.30 - 17.00

Dilemma presentation with wait-time rule
Small groups of 4 participants do four 20 minute sessions, while the participants take turn with their role: 1 teacher, 1 supervisor und 2 audience

Task #7 Document the dilemma presentation exercise. Form: Checklist, Guidelines . Use workpiece coversheet.

9.00 - 10.00
  Requirements for KMDD-Trainee and KMDD-Teacher certificate  
Note: The symposium is also part of the KMDD Workshop-Seminar!  

10th Anniversary Symposium

(please register & pay fee before June 30th; it is free for participants of the KMDD workshop-seminar)
University building, Room E 402

10.30 - 12.30

Session "Speaking & Listening" (KMDD) (chair open for participants)

Alternatively: Dilemma presentation OR video of a KMDD session

Task #8 Documentation of the KMDD exercise. Forms: work-piece cover sheet.

Lunch Break

Location: mensa, cafeteria or restaurant in the university

Sessions, 14.00 - 17.00
14.00 - 14.15

Horst Frank, Ex-Mayor of Konstanz
Opening statement: KMDD -- The method that comes from Konstanz

  Prof. Dr. Matthias Armgardt, Vice-rector of the University of Konstanz
Opening statement
14.30 - 15:00
  Ewa Nowak (University of Poznan, Department of Philosophy, Poland):
Derrida, Lind and the others: Examining hospitality in terms of cognitive abilities ... more
15.00 - 15.30

Daniel Tello (Universidad de Concepcion, School of Teacher Education, Chile):
Foster conditions for moral competence in teacher education students ... more

15.30 - 16.00
16.00 - 16.30
  Martina Reinicke (Vocational School Center Döbeln-Mittweida, Ethics Department, Germany):
Inclusion as moral challenge: The potential of the Konstanz Method of Dilemma-Discussion ... more
16.30 - 17.00
  Cătălin Mamali (indpendent scholar, Iowa):
Confronting moral mal-development: Action from principles that opposes immoral practices. ... more
17.00 - 17.30
  Break | -Short presentations:
17.30 - 17.45
  Joanna Dutka (University of Poznan, Institute of Philosophy, Poland):
Can fostering moral-democratic competencies help diminish gender bias by aiding in violence prevention? ... more
17.45 - 18.00
  Marta Soniewicka (University of Krakow, Faculty of Law and Administration, Poland):
Fostering moral competences in reproductive genetics: Listening and speaking to the prospective parents in the genetic counseling ... more
18.00 - 18.15

Chris Dzimadzi (University of Malawi, Political and Adminstrative Studies Department):
Current and future public sector leaders: Any parallels in ethical reasoning?

  End of sessions
19.00 - 22.00
  Social event: Dinner at "Cafe Wessenberg" and performance: "Syrakos" written and read by Martina Reinicke (inquired). Syrakos is a fictional story about a real problem, namely the refugees who flee from war and starvation from the Near East and Africa to Europe.
Friday, 9.00 - 13.00
9.00 - 9.30

Karolina Cern (University of Poznan, Department of Philosophy, Chair of Ethics):
On the intrinsic correlation between public legitimization of democratic law and discursive competencies of citizens
... more

9.30 - 10.00
  Eka Kaznina (Human Psychology Department, Pedagogical University, St. Petersburg, Russia):
Influence of cultural and historical context on the moral competence in modern society (in terms of Georgia and Russia)... more
10.00 - 10.30
11.00 - 11.30

Małgorzata Steć (University of Krakow, Institute of Psychology, Poland):
The power of no-power in morality and democracy. Using different methods of moral dilemma discussions to provide one educational and developmental goal.
... more

11.30 - 12.00
  Georg Lind (KMMD-Teacher, KMDD-Trainer, author; Konstanz, Germany):
We must foster moral competence! How to teach morality ... more
12.00 - 12.30
  Kay Hemmerling (work integration projects; Leipzig):
Inter-religious communication in the school: How to learn to talk about difficult issues using the KMDD ... more
12.30 - 13.00
  All participants:
Good-Bye - What's next?
    Optional: Lunch in the Vietnamese Bistro "Arche" in the University of Konstanz
15.00 - 18.00
  Optional: Guided trip with ferry to Meersburg (castle, cafe, communication)

KMDD Trainee Certificate:

Complete the 10 tasks (see also below) and submit your portfolio no later than August 30th, 2016.

After the workshop-seminar:

Task #1 (continued) Posttest of the self-evaluation (ITSE).

Task #8 Please answer the question: What did you learn in this seminar? (2-3 pages) ; use work-piece cover sheet.

Task #9 Review the portfolio of a course partner and

Task #10 Have your portfolio reviewed by a partner, too. (ca. 1/2 page)

Please use the downloadable forms for the cover sheets for the work items (tasks) and the portfolio, and consult the guideline for portfolios for formatting and naming your files with the work items. Completing the training & certification as "KMDD-Teacher" ... Flyer
Links to documents:

The Konstanz Method of Dilemma Discussion (KMDD)® web-site ... more

"Morality can be taught" (textbook, English edition, draft) ... PDF (opening password: kohlberg)

Forms and lists ... more

Videos / Material ... more

Slide shows ... more

Studies on the Konstanz Method of Dilemma Discussion (KMDD)® and related topics ... more

Studies on the Moral Competence Test (MCT) and its scientific foundation ... more

Information on ITSE ... more

Readings to download ... more

Publications by Prof. Dr. Georg Lind ... more

With a KMDD Trainee certificate you can apply for the

Training & Certification Program to get the KMDD-Teacher certificate ... flyer