ERIC Number: ED243700
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr-28
Reference Count: 0
Patterns of Hierarchy in Formal and Principled Moral Reasoning.
Zeidler, Dana Lewis
Measurements of formal reasoning and principled moral reasoning ability were obtained from a sample of 99 tenth grade students. Specific modes of formal reasoning (proportional reasoning, controlling variables, probabilistic, correlational and combinatorial reasoning) were first examined. Findings support the notion of hierarchical relationships which exist among those variables. Further results from factor analysis provide evidence that the variables represent specific cognitive structures that are interdependent with each other and precede operations in development. Finally, significant relationships were found to exist between the different modes of formal reasoning and principled moral reasoning. Combinatorial and correlational reasoning were found to significantly account for 22 percent of the variance in principled moral reasoning. Theoretical and educational implications are discussed. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Delaware State Coll., Dover.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Moral Reasoning; Science Education Research; Test of Logical Thinking (Tobin and Capie)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (68th, New Orleans, LA, April 27-30, 1984).