ERIC Number: ED160622
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
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Moral Judgment Intervention Studies Using the Defining Issues Test.
Lawrence, Jeanette A.
Fourteen moral judgment intervention studies, representing all those presently known to the author, were reviewed and evaluated. All used Rest's Defining Issues Test (DIT) to evaluate Kolhberg's stage theory of moral development. The DIT had been administered in programs for social studies and civics, general psychological development, and moral education. This review addressed two questions: Is it possible to stimulate the development of moral judgment in an educational environment?; and Does the DIT assess such moral judgment changes? Results showed that significant changes on the DIT were related to duration and type of intervention and degree of experimental control over treatment variables. The studies provided independent support for the ability of the instrument to index upward movement after intervention programs designed to influence development. Three suggestions emerged from this review: (1) interventions should be tailored to fit moral judgment theoretical concepts; (2) the measurement instrument should be a good fit for the treatment; and (3) future research should focus on moral and judgmental aspects of moral judgment programs. Table I presents an overview of the fourteen studies including their sample sizes, characteristics, design focus, instrumentation and testing, and evidence of change on the DIT. (Author/CP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers: Defining Issues Test