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ERIC Number: ED429398
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Sep-18
Pages: 11
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The Moral Reasoning of Adolescents Gifted in Science: A Case Study.
Tirri, Kirsi; Pehkonen, Leila
This study investigated the moral reasoning of 17 Finnish adolescents (ages 14,15) gifted in science. Students completed tests of their scientific and moral reasoning and wrote essays on moral dilemmas in science and everyday life. On the test of moral reasoning, the students' average score was that of the average 18-year-old. On the test of logical reasoning, students scored within the highest 10 percent of their age group. Students wrote essays on scientific moral issues of their choice. The theme most often written about dealt with archaeological research in graves. Students most often used a utilitarian argument in their scientific reasoning. Essays on moral dilemmas in daily life identified teachers' unjust behavior as the most commonly chosen theme. Students most often used a deontological argument (emphasizing the ethics of duties) in reasoning about everyday moral issues. Results suggest that gifted adolescents use different kinds of principles in solving moral dilemmas in science and everyday life. Results may explain the negative correlation found between scores on the tests of logical reasoning and moral reasoning. Contains 13 references. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Finland