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ERIC Number: ED399000
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Apr
Pages: 24
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Stage Structure of Moral Development: A Comparison of Alternative Models.
Hau, Kit-Tai
This study evaluated the stage structure of several quasi-simplex and non-simplex models of moral development in two domains of moral development in a British and a Chinese sample. Analyses were based on data reported by Sachs (1992): the Chinese sample consisted of 1,005 students from grade 9 to post-college, and the British sample consisted of 60 students in grades 9-12 and adults. Subjects completed the Moral Development Test, which assesses affective (moral orientation) and cognitive (moral judgment) aspects of moral development. The alternative simplex models evaluated in the present study involved minor reversals, moderate reversals or serious reversals of stages. Ten non-simplex models considering alternate paths of development were also evaluated. The models were evaluated using goodness of fit with the Tucker Lewis Index and the Relative Noncentrality Index and the extent to which the model converged to solutions with reasonable parameter estimates. A strong alternative model would be one that was applicable to both moral orientation and moral judgment and to both cultural groups. The fit indexes and the parameter estimates revealed no strong competitor for the theoretical model. (Contains 34 references.) (KDFB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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