ERIC Number: ED198906
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Moral Judgments in Parochial and Public School Second-Graders.
Moran, James D., III; Jennings, Marge S.
The moral judgments of 22 parochial school second graders and 20 public school children of similar age and intelligence were compared in this study. The children were read 12 moral judgment stories of either negative intention and positive consequence or positive intention and negative consequence. Story content included either damage to personal property, damage to the property of others, or physical damage to others. Analysis of variance revealed that public and parochial school children differed on their judgments of the story characters as a function of story content. In general, parochial students made more intention-based judgments than did public school children, "p"< .001. This tendency was especially evident in stories involving damage to others, with negative outcomes,"p"< .05, and with negative intent and positive consequence stories involving personal property damage, "p"< .05, and damage to the property of others, "p"< .01. The data indicate that both environmental influences and the situational story context influence moral judgments. It is suggested that the group "belongingness" of the parochial school may account for the greater use of intention by these children. (Author/MP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Identifiers: Moral Judgment; Piagetian Tasks