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ERIC Number: ED066422
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Apr
Pages: 34
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The Moral Explanations of Teachers, The Moral Development of Students.
Berk, Leonard; And Others
This report presents the problem of school practice and moral socialization in an attempt to transform the issues into a problem for research. Three divisions of study are presented: 1) a rationale for the examination of schooling and moral development, 2) the development of procedures for analyzing the use of explanations, and 3) speculation on the basis of pilot test results about the direction that future research might take. The rationale for the study presents a review of two perspectives in socialization literature. The sociological perspective addresses the manner in which social mechanisms impress themselves on individuals as a means of perpetuating the social order. The psychological perspective concerns the manner in which children incorporate their social environment. An adequate study of the influence of the school on the moral developments of the child is also presented. Procedures developed included a modification of the Kohlberg free-response interview paralleling a technique developed and used by Rest (1969) and a modification of the school-specific "Clarke Barto Incident," developed by Nordstrom and Friedenberg. Data were collected for the purpose of instrument development, not to demonstrate anything about the schools. The final section illustrates the character of the speculation and indicates future areas of study. A 22-item bibliography and appendixes of procedural material are included. (MJM)
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Education Research Assn., Chicago, April 1972