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ERIC Number: ED375129
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
Pages: 27
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Teacher Education Students' Moral Development and Ethical Reasoning Processes.
Lampe, Judith R.
Teachers are being faced with increasingly complex ethical decisions. This study was conducted to identify and compare the levels of moral development and ethical decision-making processes of entry level teacher education students and exit level student teachers by examining their corresponding stages of moral development and the factors which impacted their decisions. Entry level teacher education students (N=373) and 158 student teachers responded to the Defining Issues Test (DIT) and 3 ethical decision vignettes designed to present ethical dilemmas commonly encountered by inservice teachers. Results indicated that both groups of students had lower than average levels of moral development and that student teachers reported lower levels of principled moral reasoning than entry level education students. Decisions made and the reasons influencing those decisions varied significantly across situations. This descriptive, exploratory analysis is a necessary initial phase in restructuring reflective, moral teacher education. A sample vignette and statistical tables displaying DIT results, vignette decisions and reason rankings, and significance of between group differences are provided. (Contains 22 references.) (LL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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