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).


JME Trustees
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.

Kristján Kristjánsson – University of Birmingham, UK

Associate Editors
Tobias Krettenauer – Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada
Sharlene Swartz – University of Cape Town, South Africa
Wiel Veugelers – University of Humanistic Studies, The Netherlands

Editorial Administrator
Gemma Banks  – 

AME/JMET Representatives
JMET representative to AME: Brian Gates – University of Cumbria, UK
AME representative to JMET: Kaye V. Cook – Gordon College, USA

JMET/APNME Representatives:
JMET to APNME: Monica Taylor, former JME Editor
APNME to JMET: Meiyao Wu – National Kaohsiung Normal University, Taiwan 

Editorial Board Members
Michael Reiss (Chair) – University College London, UK
Wolfgang Althof – University of Missouri-St. Louis, USA
Ulisses Araujo – University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
Heather Battaly – University of Connecticut, USA
Angela Bermudez – Centre for Research on Applied Ethics, Bilbao, Spain
Jan Boom – Utrecht University, The Netherlands
Kendall Cotton Bronk – Claremont Graduate University
Elizabeth Campbell – University of Toronto, Canada
Anne Colby– University of Stanford, USA
Jim Conroy – University of Glasgow, UK
Randall Curren– University of Rochester, USA
Isolde de Groot – University of Humanistic Studies, Utrecht, The Netherlands
Doret de Ruyter – Vu University, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Neil Ferguson – Liverpool Hope University College, UK
Blaine J. Fowers – University of Miami, USA
Douglas Fry – University of Alabama, USA
Liam Gearon – Oxford University, UK
Hyemin Han– University of Alabama
David Hansen – Columbia University, New York, USA
Helen Haste – Bath University, UK
Fanli Jia– Seton Hall University, USA
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
Gerhard Minnameier – University of Frankfurt, Germany
Richard Osguthorpe– Boise State University, USA
Andrew Peterson– Canterbury Christ Church University, UK
Steve Thoma – University of Alabama, USA
Kirsi Tirri– University of Helsinki, Finland
David I. Walker – Northumbria University, UK
Lawrence Walker– University of British Columbia , Canada
Yayoi Watanabe – Hosei University, Japan
Jennifer Wright – College of Charleston, USA
Meiyao Wu – National Kaohsiung Normal University, Taiwan
Xu Zhao - University of Calgary, Canada

Honorary Associates
Dwight Boyd – Professor of Theory and Policy Studies in Education, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto, Canada
Don Locke – Emeritus Professor of Philosophy, University of Warwick, UK
Monica Taylor – Honorary President Asia-Pacific Network for Moral Education, former Editor JME 1976-2011


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:j
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).

2013-17 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.  For a summary report + details of the book arising from the project can be found at

British Academy. 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. A succession of small scale projects have been funded collaboratively in this way as follows:

James McAllister  Discussion and Moral Education        

Marianne Bruins  The Effect of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families on Children’s
David Lundie  The Influence of Securitization on Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural    
   Development in England’s Schools. 
Alpha Parma  Black, Asian and White Minority Ethnic Offending: Unravelling the Mechanisms at the Level of Agency, Structure and Culture.  

Suraj Lakhani  ‘Prevent Duty’: Understanding the Effects of Counter-Terrorism Policy within
   Secondary and Further Education Institutions. 
Sylvia Terbach  Moral behaviour in Immersive Virtual Reality.    
Kathryn Wheeler Educating Young People as Sustainable Citizen-consumers.

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 2019.


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