ERIC Number: ED396826
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Jun
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Bayous and Jungle Rivers: Cross Cultural Perspectives on Children's Moral and Ecological Reasoning.
Kahn, Peter H., Jr.
Two studies evaluated cross cultural perspectives of children's moral and ecological reasoning as well as values about nature. The first study was conducted in Houston, Texas, with an inner city black community. Subjects were 72 children from impoverished families. The results suggested that the serious constraints of living in an inner-city community cannot easily squelch black children's diverse and rich appreciation for nature, and moral responsiveness to its preservation. The second study, conducted in the Brazilian Amazon, is a modification of the Houston study. Subjects were 44 Portuguese fifth-grade children. The results suggested that Brazilian children do not exercise more biocentric reasoning than those in the Houston study. The two studies extend recent research in the moral developmental literature which suggests that, in important ways, individuals' moral reasoning across cultures is similarly structured by concerns for human welfare, fairness, and rights. Inadequate attention to universal aspects of development in general, and morality in particular, would result in missing the many essential ways of being human, and underestimating common humanity. Contains 57 references. (MOK)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: Brazil; Environmental Attitudes; Environmental Awareness; Moral Reasoning; Texas
Note: Paper presented at the Meeting of the Jean Piaget Society (Philadelphia, PA, June 1996).