ERIC Number: ED219141
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Moral Development and Self-Regulation: What Do We Know--What Can We Do?
Sebes, Janet M.; Ford, Donald H.
The objective of this study was to examine the research on moral development for findings which could be applied to the design of programs to cultivate moral development in children and youth. The conclusion drawn from the examination of the research is that neither the dominant theoretical frameworks (e.g., Kohlberg's theory) nor the data that have been generated provide much useful guidance for the design of such programs. The narrowness of the current theoretical and empirical literature suggests the desirability of turning to the broader literature concerning personal self-regulation and the cultivation of positive human relations as a potential source of ideas and evidence. Examples of conceptual frameworks which might be heuristically useful are given, and types of intervention programs are illustrated which have been developed to deal with the more general issues of personal and interpersonal behavioral regulation. It is suggested that it may be valuable to study the potential applicability of established intervention approaches to specific problems of moral development. In addition, a list of questions is provided for which empirical answers would lend guidance in the design of effective programs for moral development. (Author/MP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Conceptual Frameworks; Kohlberg (Lawrence); Self Regulation
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association (Baltimore, MD, April 15-18, 1982).