Larry Nucci studies children's social and moral development and education. An aspect of his work has focused on children's judgments about issues they consider to be personal matters of privacy and discretion. This research has been carried out in a number of contexts including Latin America and Asia. Recently his work has focused on the assessment of moral and social reasoning and on the integration of moral education into the preparation of teachers. He is currently involved in a research project preparing mniddle school history teachers to integrate moral development within the teaching of the regular curriculum.
He has been the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship and has received grants from the S. D. Bechtel Jr. Foundation, Kellogg Foundation, the Fetzer Foundation, the Templeton Foundation, and the Character Education Partnership.
He is Editor in Chief of the journal Human Development, and serves on the editorial boards of the journal Cognitive Development, Parenting Research and Practice, and the Journal for Research in Character Education. He is the author of two books, Nice is Not Enough: Facilitating Moral Development (Pearson Education, 2009) and Education in the Moral Domain (Cambridge University Press, 2001: with editions in Chinese, Dutch, Italian, and Spanish). He has edited the books Handbook of Moral and Character Education (with Darcia Narvarz) (Routledge, 2008); Conflict, Contradiction and Contrarian Elements in Moral Development and Education (Erlbaum, 2005); International Perspectives on Youth Conflict (with Colette Daiute, Zeynep Beykont, and Craig Higson-Smith (Oxford University Press, 2005).