ERIC Number: ED344541
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Nov
Formal Moral Education and Individual Moral Development.
Friend, Gary Gene
This report provides a summarization of a study designed to determine if there is a significant relationship between formal religious education and the moral judgment development of college students, and after controlling for formal religious education, to see if there was also a significant relationship between the educational environment or certain selected students characteristics and the moral judgment development of those students. The final data base contained 226 randomly selected college and divinity school students, enrolled at 12 fully accredited, randomly selected institutions from 11 states located throughout the United States. After controlling for ethics courses completed, the type of school attended, and the affiliation of some institutions, 8 of 15 selected student characteristics were related significantly to the moral judgment development of students. Divinity school students had significantly higher levels of moral development than liberal arts college students. Also, students attending Roman Catholic and Southern Baptist institutions had significantly lower levels of moral development than students attending nonaffiliated institutions. Conversely, the moral development of students attending Jewish and United Methodist institutions did not differ significantly from the moral development of students attending nonaffiliated institutions. The eight significantly related student characteristics were gender, ethnic group, highest degree held, year of study, mother's education level, father's education level, religious ideology regarding moral decisions, and individual denominational membership. Contains 38 references. (GLR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Florida Univ., Gainesville. Inst. of Higher Education.