ERIC Number: ED192931
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Moral Judgments and Roletaking Skills in First Graders.
Moran, James D., III
This paper reports attempts to alter children's moral judgments via short-term training of roletaking skills in order to assess the degree of relationship between moral reasoning and roletaking. In a three phase procedure, 40 first-grade children (20 males and 20 females) were assigned to one of four experimental groups (empathic, reciprocal, cognitive role training, and control). In the first phase, subjects' pretraining level of moral reasoning was assessed. Subjects were administered four moral judgment stories, two of positive intention/negative consequence and two of negative intention/positive consequence. Following the presentation of these stories, each child underwent one of the four 20 minute experimental treatment sessions. Immediately after the treatment session each child was administered four additional moral judgment stories as post-treatment assessment of moral reasoning. It was expected that those subjects undertaking role training would show a greater increase in maturity of moral reasoning than would the control group. Findings suggest that roletaking might be linked to the development of moral reasoning, although not directly, and that story content may be an important variable in analyzing the maturity of response. The finding of differences in judgment between roletakers and non-roletakers in the cognitive groups suggests a link between roletaking and moral judgment. In general, these findings provide further support for Piaget's basic theoretical notions concerning the child's moral judgment. (Author/MP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Moral Judgment; Piagetian Theory
Note: An earlier version of this paper was presented at the meeting of the Oklahoma Home Economics Association (Tulsa, OK, March 1980). Best copy available.