8th Symposium on Humanities and Religious Studies

Parent-Child Interaction In The Process Of Moral Development: Learning From The Model

Dear Academics, Educators, and Esteemed Participants,


Families, which constitute the fundamental building blocks of societies, play a critical role in shaping individuals’ values and moral beliefs. Interactions within the family directly influence the development of individuals’ character and the learning of social moral values. In this context, we are delighted and excited to announce the symposium titled “Family-Based Moral Education: Role Modeling in Moral Education.” This symposium aims to systematically examine how families model moral values to children and the social impacts of these model behaviors.


Date: December 23-24, 2023

Location: The symposium will be held in Konya, in-person, and online sessions will be organized if necessary.

Moral values are of fundamental importance in terms of individuals understanding ethical and social responsibilities and integrating into societal order. Ethical and moral values are the fundamental principles that shapes individuals’ behaviors, relationships, and social responsibilities. Moral education stands out as one of the primary means for conveying these values to individuals. In addtion to being the first institution where moral education begins, the family holds special importance in moral education as it allows for the observation of how these values can be modeled. This symposium will explore how modeling in moral education is understood, why it is important, and its societal impacts in all aspects. It will also address how families’ model behaviors in moral education can be effectively utilized and their societal-level impacts.

The critical role that families play in constructing societal values has been a longstanding fact for centuries. In the process of learning moral values, the handling of real-life examples and events holds great importance. During this process, the reactions of families are a determining factor in helping children understand and internalize values. Teaching ethical values to children and instilling moral principles in them is one of the most fundamental tasks that shape the future of our society. In this task, parents bear great responsibility in enabling children to understand, internalize, and practice values in their lives. Our symposium will address how families transmit moral values, how they influence children’s character development, and how universal values are instilled in the future individuals of society.


Our symposium will deeply investigate how the impact of model behaviors within families relates to the moral attitudes and behaviors of children. In today’s rapidly advancing technological era, the impact of model behaviors displayed by families during the use of digital media and the effects of technology on moral values are also among the topics to be examined. We will discuss the influence of technology on children’s moral values, how families cope with these effects, and how children should be equipped with moral values in the digital world.


Additionally, we aim to propose to policymakers who are interested in family and education issues, such as the Directorate of Religious Affairs, the Ministry of Family and Social Policies, and the Ministry of National Education, to pay more attention to the role of parents in moral education. Adult Quran institutes within the Directorate of Religious Affairs can serve this purpose effectively. The curriculum prepared for these institutes can be seen as a means to remind families of their role in moral education, and mothers can be empowered in moral education within the family. Similarly, institutes aimed at empowering parents in moral education can be opened at adult education centers under the Ministry of National Education’s Directorate General for Lifelong Learning, contributing to more conscious moral education within families.


Our symposium aims to address the importance of modeling in family-based moral education and its societal effects through academic presentations by experts in the field and shared experiences from participants. We invite educators, psychologists, academics, parents, and all those who contribute to the development of social consciousness to come together on this valuable topic.


If you are interested in exploring how moral values can be transmitted to children, how parents can model behaviors, and the societal effects of these behaviors in more depth, and if you would like to share academic perspectives and gain new insights, we look forward to your participation in our symposium. For detailed information and registration, please visit