About Our Awards

The Moral Development and Education (MDE) Special Interest Group (SIG) confers a Book Award and a Promise Award during our SIG Business Meeting 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 

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 its theoretical and practical significance to the field. The submission deadline for the Book Award is November 1st and all nominations, including self-nominations, should be sent to Awards Committee Chair via email (see below).

Promise Award 

The Promise Award is presented each year to a graduate student who exhibits outstanding potential for future contributions to the field. Historically, candidates for this award included only graduate students who had been nominated. As of 2022, the Awards Committee will review the proposals and final papers/presentations of alleligible participating graduate students. Specifically, eligible candidates include all graduate student members of the MDE-SIG, who are the sole or first author of the paper or work being presented. In short, nominations are no longer needed for eligible candidates to be considered for this award.