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New Perspectives on Young Children's Moral Education

'New Perspectives on Young Children’s Moral Education-Developing Character through a Virtues Ethics Approach' was published by Bloomsbury in December 2015. Details of how to order are on the Bloomsbury website.

In exploring how to approach young children's moral education in a world of uncertainty and change, Tony Eaude challenges many current assumptions about education and ethics, arguing that a moral dimension runs through every aspect of life. Ethics is about learning to act and interact appropriately. This calls for an inclusive approach, permeating children’s whole lives rather than occurring only in particular settings, programmes or lessons. Drawing accessibly on research, especially neuroscience and psychology, New perspectives on young children’s moral education discusses how young children learn, highlighting the complex interrelationship between emotion and cognition, culture and identity. The importance of agency, habituation and feedback, within a context of caring relationships and role models, is emphasised. Tony Eaude explores the terms character, virtues and values and how a vocabulary of ethics can help children understand and internalise qualities associated with living 'a good life’. Empathy, and intrinsic motivation, so that children are equipped to resist strong external pressures, are developed through small, often apparently insignificant, actions. The features of inclusive learning environments which help children belong and practice, and think about, these qualities are considered, highlighting the need for space, care and flexibility. This emphasises the importance of trusted adults attuned to children's needs, guiding more than telling, providing good role models and exercising judgement. Recognising possible challenges and pitfalls, the book argues for a constructivist approach based on an ethic of care, virtue ethics and an apprenticeship model, where how to act appropriately is exemplified and practiced in real-life situations.


Developing the expertise of primary and elementary classroom teachers -professional learning for a changing world was published by Bloomsbury Academic in January 2018. Details of how to order are on the Bloomsbury website.



New Perspectives on Young Children’s Moral Education
-Developing Character through a Virtue Ethics Approach
was published by Bloomsbury in December 2015. Details of how to order are on the Bloomsbury website.



How do expert primary classroom teachers really work? - a guide for teachers, headteachers and teacher educators was published in 2012. For further details, see the publications section of this website or contact tony@edperspectives.org.uk
Details of how to order are on the Critical Publishing website.
Download flyer (pdf, 3.3MB).

Thinking Through Pedagogy for Primary and Early Years was published in January 2011. For further details see Thinking Through Pedagogy for Primary and Early Years.

Thinking Through Pedagogy: Primary and Early Years by Tony Eaude

Children's Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development by Tony Eaude (second edition, 2008)



Enhancing Achievement for Young Bilingual Learners
Download flyer (pdf, 410K) by Tony Eaude, published in March 2007

For more details on how to order these, please contact tony@edperspectives.org.uk