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ERIC Number: ED189504
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979
Pages: 19
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Beginning Counseling Students and Moral Judgment.
White, Barnetta McGhee
Kohlberg's (1969) slx stages of moral development are grouped into three levels of two stages each: (1) preconventional (morality is externally controlled); (2) conventional (doing the right thing and respecting authority); and (3) postconventional (principles of morality are to be applied universally). Rest (1974) typifies these stages in the Defining Issues Test (DIT) which was administered to 13 black, southern females beginning their Master's training in counseling. Two subjects could not be typed. Six could be assigned to a specific stage by exceptional usage of that stage: two preconventional (Stage 2), two conventional (Stage 4), and two postconventional (Stages 5B and 6). The other five subjects were classified as: one with Stage 2, Stage 4 subdominant; two with Stage 4, Stage 2 subdominant; and two with Stage 4, "A" subdominant (antiestablishment orientation). There is a preponderance of Stage 4 moral thinking in this group. Counselor education programs must include discussions of moral dilemmas in an attempt to raise counselors' levels of moral judgment, and the effects of training programs on trainees' moral development must be investigated. (NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Defining Issues Test