Preparing Children for Responsible Citizenship: The Role of Psychology and Education

  • F. Clark PowerEmail author
  • Deano Pape
  • Stuart N. Hart


Preparation of the child for responsible citizenship in a free society is one of the most demanding and important expectations set by the UN (1989) Convention on the Rights of the Child. In this chapter, the nature and importance of applying moral and psychological approaches toward this purpose are explored and related. Through exposition of challenges to inclusion for children in peer activities, the need for supportive democratic processes is established. In this regard, a model for “democratic deliberation through civil discourse” is proposed as a promising fundamental mechanism. This model, as a reconfiguration of the “Ethics Bowl” debate framework, is formulated for pervasive and progressive developmental implementation across school stages and community sectors. The significant benefits likely to accrue from contributions by school psychology are identified.


Character Children’s rights Civil Convention on the Rights of the Child Debate Democratic citizenship Discourse Ethics Bowl Free society Moral development Positive youth development Prosocial education School psychology Social emotional learning 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Program of Liberal Studies University of Notre DameNotre DameUSA
  2. 2.National Speech and Debate Association and Simpson CollegeWest Des MoinesUSA
  3. 3.International Institute for Child Rights and DevelopmentVictoriaCanada

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