The Moral Development and Education (MDE) Special Interest Group (SIG) confers a Book Award and a Promise Award at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association. It is an exciting time in educational research related to moral development and education, and the MDE SIG encourages members to nominate exceptional work that moves the field forward in both new and established directions.

Book Award 2021

The purpose of the MDE Book Award is to recognize outstanding scholarly book contributions to the field in Moral Development and Education. The committee reviews nominations of books from the prior 3 years and makes the award based on empirical research excellence and practical application to the field.

The committee has selected an excellent book for this year’s award and it will be presented virtually at the MDE SIG Business Meeting in April. Please note the submission deadline for next year’s award will be November 1, 2021.

Promise Award 2020

The Promise Award is presented each year to a graduate student who exhibited outstanding potential for future contributions to the field by making an exemplary presentation at the previous year’s annual meeting. The committee attends sessions of nominated graduate students and evaluates the research and the quality of the presentation.

The committee was not able to select a Promise Award Winner for 2020 due to the cancellation of the conference. However, please take the time to nominate a graduate student (including students who study with you). Please note that the deadline for nominations for this year’s award is April 7, 2021, just prior to the start of the conference, so that the committee can make arrangements to attend the nominated sessions.

Nominations for Future Awards

This year’s annual meeting completes my term as Awards Chair, and I would like to thank the reviewers of the Awards Committee, Dr. Pamela Joseph and Dr. Grinell Smith, for their invaluable service to our SIG. It has been a pleasure to serve in this capacity and review the remarkable scholarly contributions in our field.

Nominations, including self-nominations, for both the 2022 Book Award (deadline: November 1, 2021) and the 2021 Promise Award (deadline: April 7, 2021) should be sent to the incoming Awards Committee Chair, Dr. Jason Stephens, via email (

Rich Osguthorpe
Outgoing MDE SIG Awards Committee Chair

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