Professor and Director of Education
Office: Miller 035
4426 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, Maine 04901-8844
A.B. 1979 Oberlin College
M.A. 1981 The Ohio State University
Ed.D. 1987 Harvard University
Areas of Expertise
- Moral development and moral education
- Boys development and education
- Service learning in higher education
- Public education, including secondary, elementary, and early-childhood education
Courses Currently Teaching 2012-13
|ED197J A||Multicultural Literacy|
|ED231 A||Teaching for Social Justice|
|ED351 A||Practicum in Education|
|ED493 A||Senior Seminar in Education and Human Development|
|WG217 A||Boys to Men|
My current research program focuses on understanding the experience of boys and young men in schools and society at large. This includes considering how the media shapes and influences boys’ lives, helping boys interrupt male privilege, and exploring how to support boys’ academic engagement and school success.
Tappan, M. & Packer, M. (Eds.). (1991). Narrative and storytelling: Implications for understanding moral development. New Directions for Child Development, #54. San Franciso: Jossey-Bass.
Packer, M. & Tappan, M. (Eds.). (2001). Cultural and critical perspectives on human development. Albany: State University of New York Press.
Brown, L., Lamb, S., & Tappan, M.. (2009). Packaging boyhood: Saving our sons from superheroes, slackers, and other media stereotypes. NY: St. Martin’s Press.
Tappan, M. (1989). Stories lived and stories told: The narrative structure of late adolescent moral development. Human Development, 32, 300-315.
Tappan, M., & Brown, L. (1989). Stories told and lessons learned: Toward a narrative approach to moral development and moral education. Harvard Educational Review, 59, 182-205.
Tappan, M. (1990). Hermeneutics and moral development: Interpreting narrative representations of moral experience. Developmental Review, 10, 239-265.
Tappan, M. (1991). Narrative, language, and moral experience. Journal of Moral Education, 20, 243-256.
Day, J., & Tappan, M. (1995). Identity, voice, and the psycho/dialogical: Perspectives from moral psychology.American Psychologist, 50, 47-48.
Day, J., & Tappan, M. (1996). The narrative approach to moral development: From the epistemic subject to dialogical selves. Human Development, 32, 67-82.
Tappan, M., & Brown, L. (1996). Envisioning a postmodern moral pedagogy. Journal of Moral Education, 25,101-109.
Tappan, M. (1997). Analyzing stories of moral experience: Narrative, voice, and the dialogical self. Journal of Narrative and Life History, 7, 379-386.
Tappan, M. (1998). Interpretive psychology: Stories, circles, and understanding lived experience. Journal of Social Issues, 53, 645-656.
Tappan, M. (1998). Sociocultural psychology and caring pedagogy: Exploring Vygotsky’s “hidden curriculum.”Educational Psychologist, 33, 23-33.
Tappan, M. (1998). Toward a dialogic conception of human development. Narrative Inquiry, 8, 391-396.
Tappan, M. (1999). Authoring a moral self: A dialogical perspective. Journal of Constructivist Psychology, 12,117-131.
Tappan, M. (2000). Power, privilege, and critique in the study of moral development. Human Development, 43,165-169.
Tappan, M., Kohlberg, L., Schrader, D., & Higgins, A. (1987). Heteronomy and autonomy in moral development: Two types of moral judgments. In A. Colby & L. Kohlberg, The measurement of moral judgment (Vol. 1). New York: Cambridge University Press.
Brown, L., Tappan, M., Gilligan, C., Miller, B., & Argyris, D. (1989). Reading for self and moral voice: A method for interpreting narratives of real-life moral conflict and choice. In M. Packer & R. Addison (Eds.), Entering the circle: Hermeneutic investigation in psychology. Albany: State University of New York Press.
Tappan, M. (1990). The development of justice reasoning during young adulthood: A three-dimensional model. In M. Commons, C. Armon, L. Kohlberg, F. Richards, T. Grotzer, & J. Sinnott (Eds.), Adult development, Vol. 2: Models and methods in the study of adolescent and adult thought. New York: Praeger.
Tappan, M. (1991). Narrative, authorship, and the development of moral authority. In M. Tappan & M. Packer (Eds.), Narrative and storytelling: Implications for understanding moral development (New directions for child development, No. 54). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
Tappan, M., & Brown, L. (1991). Stories told and lessons learned: Toward a narrative approach to moral development and moral education. In C. Witherell & N. Noddings (Eds.), Stories lives tell: Narrative and dialogue in education. New York: Teachers College Press.
Brown, L., Debold, E., Tappan, M., & Gilligan, C. (1991). Reading narratives of conflict and choice for self and moral voice: A relational method. In W. Kurtines & J. Gewirtz (Eds.), Handbook of moral behavior and development: Theory, research, and application. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.
Tappan, M. (1992). Texts and contexts: Language, culture, and the development of moral functioning. In L. T. Winegar & J. Valsiner (Eds.), Childrenï¿½s development within social contexts: Metatheoretical, theoretical, and methodological issues. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.
Tappan, M., & Brown, L. (1992). Hermeneutics and developmental psychology: Toward an ethic of interpretation. In W. Kurtines, M. Azmitia, & J. Gewirtz (Eds.), The role of values in psychology and human development. New York: John Wiley & Sons.
Tappan, M. (1993). Relational voices and moral development: Reflections on change. In P. Kahaney, L. Perry, & J. Janangelo (Eds.), Theoretical and critical perspectives on teacher change. Norwood, NJ: Ablex.
Rogers, A., Brown, L., & Tappan, M. (1994). Interpreting loss in ego development in girls: Regression or resistance? In A. Lieblich & R. Josselson (Eds.), Exploring identity and gender: The narrative study of lives (Vol. 2). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Brown, L., Tappan, M., & Gilligan, C. (1995). Listening to different voices. In W. Kurtines & J. Gewirtz (Eds.),Moral development: An introduction. Needham Heights, MA: Allyn & Bacon.
Tappan, M. (1997). Internalization and its discontents. In B. Cox & C. Lightfoot (Eds.), Sociogenetic perspectives on internalization. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.
Tappan, M. (1999). Moral development in a postmodern world. In R. Mosher, D. Youngman, & J. Day (Eds.),Human development across the life span: Educational and psychological applications. New York: Praeger.
Tappan, M. (2001). Interpretive psychology: Stories, circles, and understanding lived experience. In D. Tolman & M. Brydon-Miller (Eds.), From subjects to subjectivities: A handbook of interpretive and participatory research methods. New York: New York University Press.
Tappan, M. (2001). The cultural reproduction of masculinity: A critical perspective on boys’ development. In M. Packer & M. Tappan (Eds.), Cultural and critical perspectives on human development. Albany: State University of New York Press.
Tappan, M., & Tappan, R. (2002). The one that got away–or did it? In T. Sarbin & R. Pellegrini (Eds.), Between fathers and sons: Critical incident narratives on the development of men’s lives. London: Sage.
Honors and Awards
Donald Harwood Faculty Award for Service Learning Excellence. Presented by Maine Campus Compact, March 2004.
Progressive Leadership Award. Presented by the Student Government Association, Colby College, May 2007.
Charles Bassett Teaching Award. Presented by the Senior Class, Colby College, May 2008.
Progressive Leadership Award. Presented by the Student Government Association, Colby College, May 2009.
Community Service Award (with Lyn Mikel Brown). Presented by the Board of Education, Waterville, ME, August 2009.
New diMensions Award (with Lyn Mikel Brown). Presented by Boys to Men, Portland, ME, September 2009.