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Kuropas, Myron B.

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M.S. Ed. (Master of Education)

Legacy Department

Department of Leadership and Educational Policy Studies


Moral education--United States--History; Moral education--Ukraine--History; Values--Study and teaching--United States--History; Values--Study and teaching--Ukraine--History


The purpose of this thesis is to select, describe, and compare ideas about moral values education in American and Ukrainian schools. The USA and Ukraine have different historical and cultural backgrounds, but at present both societies face a similar problem: the perception of a decline of morality and concern about how to educate young people for a moral life. The purpose of this research is to suggest that a civic society requires moral values. The unsettling realities in Ukrainian and American schools and societies today are connected to a lack of attention to moral values. Many commentators claim that both countries are morally confused. Ukrainian critics argue that many current problems in Ukraine are rooted in the failure of the values of Communist morality in Soviet Ukraine. Similarly, some critics in the USA claim that many American social problems appear related to values neutrality at the core of many American public schools, at least since the 1960s. The framework of this study provides a historical overview of moral values education in American and Ukrainian schools from 1970 through 1998.


Includes bibliographical references (pages [114]-125)


viii, 125 pages




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