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ERIC Number: ED405496
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar-26
Pages: 23
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The Development of Moral Reasoning during Vocational Education.
Beck, Klaus
A study on moral development focused on the status passage from school to work. The paper-and-pencil form of the Moral Judgment Interview (an adaptation of Kohlberg's instrument by Gibbs and Widaman) was administered to young people aged 17-22 who had just finished schools and were starting as apprentices in insurance companies where they were exposed to the special features of the business world with respect to its moral atmosphere and their influence on young apprentices. Two main types of situations were distinguished: market and team. The moral qualifications needed to master these situations differed in terms of Kohlberg's theory. The project studied what was going on in terms of both moral development and reasons for stability or change in apprentices' moral judgment competence. The apprentices were asked to report their perceptions of the intensity of the six dimensions of social interactions. Two dilemmas on social problems in the business context were offered to the apprentices: a market situation and a team situation. Results indicated they judged the two situations differently, tending toward a more strategic (preconventional) view of the team situation and toward a more sociocentric (conventional) view of the market situation--a surprising result that was the opposite of what could have been expected. Kohlberg's hypothesis that an individual firmly established on a given stage would judge all moral conflicts according to the principle of this stage could perhaps not be upheld. (Contains 10 references.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Germany