ERIC Number: ED330478
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Role of Single Experiences in Moral Development: Implications for "Justice" and "Concern for Others" Orientations.
Barnett, Mark A.; And Others
Sex-linked differences were examined with respect to: (1) Kansas State University undergraduates' recollection of single experiences that they considered most important in their moral development; and (2) undergraduates' perceptions of the moral lessons learned as a result of those experiences. Although the 517 (244 males and 273 females) subjects ranged in age from 17 to 44 years, most were 20-years-old or younger. Data were collected on several measures, including the BEM Sex-Role Inventory and a rating instrument assessing the extent to which various moral lessons had been learned as a result of the experience. Findings offered some support for Gilligan's contention that justice orientations and concern for others orientations are alternative, sex-linked moral perspectives. Some sex differences were found in subjects' tendencies to cite particular experiences as having been most important in their moral development. Factor analysis of subjects' responses yielded justice issues and concern for others factors. Females indicated that they had learned a moral lesson that was more related to concern for others than that learned by the males. Results recommend the method used, rather than exclusive reliance on inquiries about hypothetical dilemmas. (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (Seattle, WA, April 18-20, 1991).