ERIC Number: ED189551
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
An Investigation of the Relationship between Preadolescents' Levels of Reading Comprehension as Defined by Barrett's Taxonomy and Their Existing Levels of Moral Development as Defined by Kohlberg's States of Moral Development.
Valentino, Beth Anne M.
A study was undertaken (1) to determine if a relationship existed between preadolescents' levels of reading comprehension as defined by T. C. Barrett's Taxonomy of Reading Comprehension and their levels of moral development according to Lawrence Kohlberg's stage sequence and (2) to discover if females demonstrated higher levels of reading comprehension and moral reasoning than did males. One-hundred three seventh and eighth grade students were administered a reading comprehension test based on Barrett's Taxonomy, a mental ability test, and the Kohlberg Moral Judgment Interview. Because of time constraints, only 40 subjects participated orally in the Moral Judgment Interviews. The results revealed a significant positive relationship between subjects' scores on the reading comprehension measure and the test of mental ability, suggesting that students with higher academic ability were also able to comprehend reading material at a higher level. They also showed a low positive correlation between subjects' scores on the test of mental ability and the moral judgment interview, suggesting that the ability to make higher level judgments was partially dependent upon general academic ability. No significant relationship was found between sex and levels of reading comprehension; however, a low positive correlation was found between sex and levels of moral development, with females scoring higher on the moral judgment interview than males. (Appendixes contain copies of materials used in the study.) (FL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires; Numerical/Quantitative Data
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