ERIC Number: ED115564
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Nov
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Moral Reasoning: A Values Process. Adolescent Values and Watergate: Notes.
Cole, Edward H.; Moseley, Patricia A.
Research examining students' moral attitudes toward Watergate is described. Three hundred and seventy-eight junior high and high school students from both metropolitan public and private schools in a mid-Southern state participated in the survey. Students judged the degree of rightness and wrongness of six motivations for the break-in. The results indicate that all age groups strongly disapproved of the Watergate break-in, regardless of the hypothesized motivation. However, respondents were more willing to offer some approval of the break-in if the men were helping their country or showing loyalty to the President. The older students were consistently less approving under any condition than the younger group. Younger students had greater difficulty in deciding on the various dilemmas. Personal profit, personal power, winning the election, and Presidential approval were consistently rejected as justification for the break-in by all age groups. The higher the social class of the students, the more likely they were to disapprove under all conditions. (Author/DE)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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