ERIC Number: ED396229
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Apr-9
Reference Count: N/A
The Segmentation of Moral Judgment of Adolescent Students in Germany: Findings and Problems.
For more than 30 years, Kohlberg's theory of moral development has been tested across the world. This paper reports on two studies that investigated people's state of moral thinking and whether or not there are phenomena that cannot be explained in terms of Kohlberg's theory. The first study examined the moral thinking of a group of students, ages 16 to 21, who were attending vocational schools. Students had to make a moral judgment on an imaginary scenario. Results showed that students in the business school reported more heterogeneous opinions when compared to students attending general education schools. In the second study, which is ongoing, researchers are following apprentices in the insurance industry over a period of four years. These students were also asked to state their opinions on moral dilemmas. Ongoing research should reveal whether or not these participants are becoming homogeneous in moral judging or if they will remain heterogeneous. Researchers will examine the students' evaluations separately for different subjects at school, realizing that one and the same atmosphere will affect persons on different moral stages in a different way. Current findings were not dependable enough to decide between Kohlberg's and competing theories of moral development. (Contains 11 references.) (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, Bonn - Bad Godesberg (West Germany).
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Germany; Kohlberg Moral Dilemmas; Moral Reasoning
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New York, NY, April 8-12, 1996).