The JME’s 50-year contribution to moral education: A content analysis 1971-2021

Angela Chi Ming Lee*

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In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Journal of Moral Education (JME) in 2021, this study explores moral education research trends and changes as reflected in JME from 1971 to 2021, with special attention to significant changes in the last decade, a period of rapid digitalization and increasingly complex socio-cultural contexts, both local and global. Moral education trends, as reflected in the 1261 articles published in JME, were investigated using content analysis of disciplinary approaches, keywords, research methodologies, as well as the national and gender backgrounds of the first authors and JME editorial teams and trustees. The main findings point to specific and important issues, central research topics, and neglected areas in moral education and development over the past five decades. The review offers JME and the field of moral education some considerations for the development of moral education, observations on research method paradigms, insights on gender equity, and attention to cultural diversity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)117-138
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Moral Education
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2022


  • Content analysis
  • Journal of Moral Education
  • moral education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Religious studies


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