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ERIC Number: ED105890
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Pages: 12
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Moral Development and the Literary Interests of Adolescent Readers.
Scharf, Peter
A clue to the relationship of literature to adolescent development may lie in an understanding of the adolescent's evolving moral conscience. As the adolescent matures in terms of moral thinking, the meaning of particular literary experiences may shift dramatically. According to the theory developed by Kohlberg at Harvard University, individuals in a number of different societies move sequentially through each of six moral stages. At each stage, particular literary issues are especially salient. Adolescents can be expected to move through the literature of social expectation (related to conventional moral thought), the literature of social revolt (related to the transition between conventional and post-conventional moral thought), and the literature of affirmation (related to post-conventional moral thought). If libraries can encourage meaningful personal searches among young people, they can play a vital role in the process of moral development. (Author/PF)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Revised version of a paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the California Library Association (76th, San Diego, California, October 1974)