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ERIC Number: ED361082
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Mar
Pages: 18
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Structure and Content in Socio-Moral Reasoning.
Keller, Monika; Schmid, Christine
This longitudinal study analyzed the relationship between structure and content of socio-moral reasoning. Using a system that defines independently the cognitive organizational and content aspects of socio-moral reasoning, the study examined whether persons at different developmental levels make use of different content categories, and whether the thematic context of reasoning provides an additional source of variation for content. Reasoning about moral obligations and interpersonal responsibilities was assessed in 97 subjects (45 females, 52 male) successively at the ages of 9, 12, and 15 years. Subjects were interviewed extensively about a conflict based on Selman's (1980) friendship dilemma, in which the protagonist has promised to meet the best friend at a certain time, but later receives an attractive invitation from a third child who has recently moved to the neighborhood. In the interview, the perspectives of the persons involved in the dilemma were reconstructed. Upon analysis of the interviews, subjects were grouped according to three developmental levels. Data demonstrated the empirical interaction of developmental level, content, and topic. Analyses revealed that at the lowest level, subjects already had available to them reasons that refer to moral obligations and interpersonal responsibilities, in both practical and moral reasoning. This result supports the idea that children have a genuine interpersonal and moral understanding. Seven data tables and one figure are included. (Contains 25 references.) (MM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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