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ERIC Number: ED143579
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
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The Utility of a Cognitive-Developmental Model in Stimulating Moral Reasoning.
Sapp, Gary L.; Dossett, Ellen
This paper reports two studies that examined changes in the participants' level of moral reasoning after exposure to the Kohlberg cognitive-developmental intervention model (1975). This approach focuses on universal moral principles which are manifested in a series of developmental stages. Knowledge of these stages provides one with an outline for an intervention approach which would create experiences designed to stimulate moral reasoning. Study one involved 43 university juniors who participated in ten small group sessions. Discussions of moral dilemmas, role playing, and moral development theory comprised these sessions. Results indicated a significant increase in preference for principled levels of moral reasoning. In study two, 180 inner-city high school subjects participated in 12 to 24 similarly guided sessions. Topics included abortion, sterilization, and police relations. The format consisted of films, role playing, and discussions. Results indicated no significant changes between control and experimental groups. Findings from both groups indicate that one's level of moral reasoning may be stimulated if certain factors are present. These factors are (1) the amount of activity in the sessions; (2) the extent of teacher involvement; and (3) the amount and quality of role playing. However, if students do not initially possess sufficient cognitive capabilities, stimulation of moral reasoning will be difficult. (KC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New York, New York, April 3-8, 1977)