Moral Intelligence and its Role in Formulating Children CharactersJournal: Multi-Knowledge Electronic Comprehensive Journal For Education And Science Publications (MECSJ) (Vol.2018, No. 4)
Publication Date: 2018-04-01
Authors : Kefah Saleh;
Page : 301-312
Keywords : morality; moral intelligence; children characters.;
With the recent shift in trends from the traditional set up where people inclined themselves to values and morals to the modern care free lifestyles, morality has been discarded causing fatal impacts on society. However, being that the world cannot function harmoniously; studies have been made on the issue which propagated the concept of moral intelligence. As a study moral intelligence is driven by understanding and then improvement of behavior, and aimed at presenting its position alongside the other universally accepted intelligences. It refers to the capacity to embrace an ethically oriented approach when dealing with values and actions. There are four competencies identified that make up moral intelligence, markedly; integrity, responsibility, forgiveness and compassion. The aforementioned principles when merged with the seven values as identified by Michelle Borba, have illustrated the role of moral intelligence in the formulation of children characters. In other words, the argument seeks to illustrate how integrating the frameworks of moral intelligence can be beneficial to guardians, parents and educators alike in their quest to model morally adept children. This paper will explore the fundamental pillars upon which moral intelligence is grounded, how its capacity can be tapped to facilitate nurturing of character in children as well as the contention that existed on whether moral intelligence is and can be considered independently as a form of intelligence. The arguments are systematically developed as presented herein.
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