ERIC Number: ED202587
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Forms of Social Interaction and Domains of Social Understanding.
Nucci, Larry P.
The five observational studies reported in this paper provide consistent and interlocking testimony for the view that moral events differ qualitatively from social conventional events, and that these two aspects of the social world are associated with qualitatively differing individual-environment interactions. Each of the five studies focuses on social interactions revolving around transgressions or cultural breaches and individuals' attempts to repair breaches. Observations were made in school settings among preschool teachers and children in the United States and the Virgin Islands, among elementary school students in Chicago, and in free-play settings on playgrounds. All of the studies provide support for the proposal that morality and convention constitute aspects of distinct conceptual and developmental systems. In particular, the findings indicate that social interactions in the context of moral events stem from the intrinsic features of acts as they affect the rights or well-being of others, while interactions in the context of conventions focus on aspects of the social order. In conclusion, it is urged that, as social developmental research is largely conducted in a constricted range of social contexts, one high priority of future research should be the extension of observational studies to the examination of social interactions in a number of varied cultural settings. (Author/RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Breaching Episodes; Constructivism; Piagetian Theory
Note: Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (Boston, MA, April 2-5, 1981).