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ERIC Number: ED184974
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Relationship between Moral Thought and Moral Action: Implications for Social Studies Education.
Fraenkel, Jack R.
The paper investigated the relationship between how people reason about moral matters and how they act. Moral reasoning is defined as degree of maturity of judgment relating to moral matters. Moral behavior is interpreted to include behaving in ways which are helpful to others in need or distress and refraining from behavior which is physically or psychologically harmful to others. Questions investigated included 1) do people who reason at more advanced levels act differently in moral situations than those who reason at less advanced levels? 2) do people who reason at the same stage behave similarly in moral situations? and 3) do people act in accordance with what they say they will do in moral action situations? Social science literature, and, particularly, social psychological research studies, are reviewed regarding their treatment of these concerns. Findings indicated that there is some support for the notion that the level of moral reasoning is associated with an increase in frequency of moral behavior and that there exists quite a discrepancy between what people think they would do and what they actually do in moral action situations. Additional research is reviewed regarding factors in addition to moral reasoning which influence moral behavior. (Author/DB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Boston, MA, April 7-11, 1980).