ERIC Number: ED205889
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Dimensions of the Development of Moral Judgment as Reflected in Children's Responses to Fables.
Pillar, Arlene M.
A study was conducted to determine if the responses of elementary school children to questions about the moral dilemmas in fables would reflect developmental trends in moral judgment, along the lines suggested by Jean Piaget. Sixty second, fourth, and sixth grade children listened to three tape-recorded fables and responded orally to questions related to the four dimensions of morality delineated by L. Kohlberg: (1) intentionality, (2) relativism, (3) punishment, and (4) independence of sanctions. Individual interviews were taped and the responses analyzed according to the theoretical framework described by Piaget. The results showed that the children's responses to the fables reflected the model of moral domain described by Piaget. The data also showed developmental trends for each of the four moral dimensions. The findings suggest that fables can be used to elicit children's judgments about responsibility and blame, the extent and nature of obligations to others, and ways to handle wrongdoing. Questions used in the study are appended. (FL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Council of Teachers of English, Urbana, IL. Research Foundation.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Kohlberg (Lawrence); Piagetian Theory
Note: Research prepared at New York University.