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An Alternative Neo-Kohlbergian Approach in Social Pedagogy

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      In many countries social pedagogues apply ART (Aggression Replacement Training), a multimodal programme designed to help juveniles with severe behaviour problems. In this programme Lawrence Kohlberg’s theory of moral development makes up an important element. The first part of this article offers a presentation of Kohlberg’s theory and some of the critique made of it. The second part describes how the Kohlbergian tradition is implemented in ART. In the final part of the article a problem with the ART programme is pointed out and an alternative neo-Kohlber-gian approach is described. This method may prove to be a viable approach in the field of social pedagogy and an adequate supplement to the ART programme.

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            [1 ] University of Nordland, Norway
            [* ] Correspondence: terje.j.halvorsen@
            International Journal of Social Pedagogy
            UCL Press
            October 2017
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