ERIC Number: ED308681
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Aug
Moral Development in Alternative and Traditional High School Students.
Schonert, Kimberly A.
This study examined the moral reasoning of behaviorally disordered (BD) adolescents and the effect of an alternative educational setting upon the development of moral reasoning in students as a function of the number of years of exposure to this environment. Three groups of students were compared: 28 non-BD students from a traditional school program, 13 BD students from the traditional school, and 12 students who attended an alternative school setting for individuals with behavior disorders. Students were administered the Defining Issues Test; other data were gathered through a teacher questionnaire and examination of characteristics of participating schools. Results indicated that both of the BD groups were significantly lower in moral reasoning in comparison to their non-BD peers. Furthermore, the moral reasoning of BD students enrolled in the alternative setting was similar to the moral reasoning of BD students enrolled in the traditional school setting. The correlation between time enrolled in the alternative school and moral reasoning score was positive, but not significant. (JDD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the North Central Regional Educational Laboratory (Chicago, IL, August 17-19, 1988).