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ERIC Number: ED421474
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Nov
Pages: 20
Abstractor: N/A
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Value Orientation of Singapore Adolescents Towards Truthfulness, Justice and Compassion.
Seng, SeokHoon; Siang, Low Meow; Wei, Tan Tai
This study examined the value orientation of Singapore adolescents toward the three fundamental values of truthfulness, justice, and compassion. A random sample of 315 secondary school students from 4 schools in Singapore (135 males and 180 females) completed a questionnaire, and a select sample of 19 students completed interviews about their perspectives and orientation toward truthfulness, justice, and compassion. The study also examined the effects of family, school, daily activities (including social activities), and the mass media on the values of the adolescents, and it noted gender differences related to value orientation. Each value orientation was tested on three moral concepts. Truthfulness focused on sincerity, honesty, and promise keeping. Justice focused on moral rightness, equity, and fairness. Compassion focused on mercy, care and concern, and benevolence. The questionnaires and interviews asked students to make moral judgements about certain scenarios. Analysis of the data obtained from both the survey and interviews revealed the following: Singapore adolescents were generally truthful, just, and compassionate, but if caught in a moral dilemma of choice between truthfulness and compassion, most showed little or no compassion; families and schools significantly affected the adolescents' fundamental value orientation. Students spent about 3-4 hours daily with television and newspapers; and females were more compassionate than males, but both sexes were equally truthful and just. (Contains 75 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Singapore