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ERIC Number: ED194602
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
A Comparative Study of the Moral Judgments of Adolescents Attending an Alternative and a Traditional High School.
Sicoli, M. L. Corbin
The Defining Issues Test (DIT), which utilizes the moral development stage theory of L. Kohlberg, was administered to 41 students from an upper middle class school district in Pennsylvania. The scores of students who elected to attend the alternative high school were compared with the scores of students who elected to attend the district's traditional high school. The variables measured were moral stage usage, anti-authoritarianism, and decision of whether or not to break the law to resolve a moral dilemma. Statistical analysis (t tests) revealed that, although no significant differences existed in anti-authoritarianism or in usage of stages 2, 3, 5, or 6, a significant difference existed in usage of stage 4 which is thought to be an endorsement of the status quo of "law and order." This finding relates to another significant difference in which the alternative school students were more likely to endorse breaking the law as a solution to a moral dilemma. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Defining Issues Test