JME and JME Trust

The Journal of Moral Education (JME) was founded in 1971. Its breadth of concern is highlighted by its sub-title * Development * Ethics * Society. It provides a unique interdisciplinary forum for the discussion and analysis of moral education and development throughout the lifespan. It encourages submissions across the human sciences and humanities that use a range of methodological approaches and address aspects of moral reasoning, moral emotions, motivation and moral action in various contexts (e.g., cultural, gender, family, schooling, community, leisure, work) and roles (e.g., parent, teacher, student, civic, professional).


The JME Trust is a UK-based Charitable Company (Limited by Guarantee) whose revenue is entirely derived from income from the JME, which it owns. Its present trustees are Jim Conroy (chair), Neil Ferguson (treasurer), Brian Gates, Michael Reiss, Monica Taylor and Peter Tomlinson. They are legally responsible for the quality and viability of the Journal and for the appointment of the JME Editor in Chief. A JME Trust Board with an international membership is currently in formation to advise the trustees about promotional activities. They will meet annually at the AME Conference.


There is currently a transition of Editors from Darcia Narvaez of the University of Notre Dame, USA to Kristjan Kristjansson of the University of Birmingham UK. Revisions to the editorial support team and board listings will be put in place in the months ahead.

Associate Editors:
Tobias Krettenauer (Psychology), Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada
Nancy E. Snow (Ethics and Philosophy), Marquette University, USA
Wiel Veugelers (Curriculum and Education), University of Amsterdam, Netherlands.


Wolfgang Althof University of Missouri-St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Ulisses Araujo University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
Heather Battaly California State University, Fullerton, USA
Angela Bermudez Center for Research on Applied Ethics, Bilbao, Spain
Horst Biederman University of Salzburg, Austria
Tonia Bock, (USA) Department of Psychology, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota.
Jan Boom Utrecht University, The Netherlands
Kendall Cotton Bronk Claremont Graduate University, USA
Jim Conroy University of Glasgow, UK
Doret de Ruyter VU University, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Neil Ferguson Liverpool Hope University College, UK
Susana Frisancho Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru, Peru
Douglas Fry Abo Akademi University, Vasa, Finland and University of Arizona, USA
Liam Gearon Oxford University, UK
David Hansen Columbia University, New York, USA
Sam Hardy Brigham Young University, USA
Helen Haste Harvard Graduate School of Education, USA
Ann Higgins-D’Alessandro Fordham University, USA
Kristjan Kristjansson University of Birmingham, UK
Angela Chi-Ming Lee National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan
Maosen Li Renmin University, People’s Republic of China
Terence Lovat University of Newcastle, Australia and University of Bristol, UK
Bruce Maxwell University of Quebec, Trois-Rivieres, Canada
Stephen McKinney, (UK) University of Glasgow.
Michael Merry University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Gerhard Minnameier University of Frankfurt, Germany
Ewa Nowak University of Poznan, Poland
Walter Okshevsky Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada
Mark Pike University of Leeds, UK
Glen Rogers Alverno College, USA
Jason Stephens University of Connecticut, USA
Sharlene Swartz University of Cape Town, South Africa
Mark Tappan Colby College, USA
Janusz Trempala Kazimierz Wielki University in Bydgoszcz, Poland
Jennifer Wright College of Charleston, USA
Maria del Pilar Zeledon Ruiz University of Costa Rica, Costa Rica
AME/JME Representatives:
AME representative to JME: Wolfgang Althof
JME Trust representative to AME: Brian Gates, University of Cumbria, UK


To mark the 40th anniversary of the Journal of Moral Education (JME) in 2011, an annual Prize was established to encourage the ongoing submission and publication of quality papers. It is specifically intended to recognize: a first-time publication by an early career scholar; an author from a developing country; an author whose first language is not English.

The Prize is jointly funded by the JME Trust and a personal gift from Dr Monica J. Taylor, on her retirement after 35 years as Editor of JME.

2011 winner:
Dr Sharlene Swartz (Human Sciences Research Council, Cape Town, South Africa) on behalf of the Africa Moral Education Network (AMEN), in recognition of the JME Special Issue Moral Education in sub-Saharan Africa – Culture, Economics, Conflict and AIDS (39:3, September 2010), of which she was Guest Editor.

2012 winner:
Dr. Adam Kay (Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, USA) for his paper entitled: Reasoning about family honour among two generations of Hindu Indian-Americans (41:1, March, 2012, pp.79-98).

2013-16 no awards were made.


The JME publishers are Routledge: Taylor & Francis Group and they maintain the dedicated journal website, with its searchable access to all the articles published along with advice and specifications for intending contributors. A descriptive analysis of the subject matter, academic discipline and author frequency of articles published 1971 – 2011 is accessible in the December 2013 42:4 issue of the journal:


The JME trustees also engages in other initiatives to promote Moral Education globally.

Website  This is designed as a global portal for ready access to all aspects of moral education. Its continuing strength depends upon the readiness of its users to take part in checking content and feeding in additional material and links.

Research and Development 

In the years ahead, from its quite limited resources, the Trust will continue to support research and development in Moral Education as an international priority area. 

An Inaugural JMET Project was advertised in 2014, encouraging submissions from across the human sciences and humanities that address aspects of moral development, moral education, moral reasoning, moral emotions, motivation and moral action in various contexts and roles. The successful proposal came from Dr Sharlene Schwartz; it was completed by the end of 2016. Its focus was on how students in four different African countries understand the notion of privilege, locate themselves with regard to past or current injustices, and respond to the notion of 'making restitution' as an appropriate response. A summary report will be posted here.

In 2016 a collaborate scholarship scheme with the British Academy was launched. The awards are for up to £10,000 and tenable for up to 2 years. The scheme is jointly funded, it supports research in the fields of moral education, moral psychology, moral philosophy and ethics, civics and citizenship education and subjects bearing on our understanding of how human beings engage or disengage with moral life. Six small scale projects were funded collaboratively in this way for completion in 2017. Further awards are planned for 2018. For details: BA/Leverhulme Small Research Grants

An intensive Colloquium on the Future Development of Moral Education is planned for 2018.


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