ERIC Number: ED506026
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Nov-5
Abstractor: As Provided
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How Good Are Children at Rating the Ethical Content of Moral Stories?
Gomberg, Anna; Zadzora, Kathleen; Walter, Rebecca; Narvaez, Darcia
Online Submission, Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Moral Education (Cambridge, MA, Nov 5, 2005)
The Rating Ethical Content System (RECS) was developed for adults, but the question remains whether children can recognize moral themes in media with the same competency as adults. The current study aims to test a modified version of the existing scale (RECS-K) for use by children in order to determine whether children can recognize ethical elements in a story. Participants were 93 middle school students, 36 undergraduates and 15 adults who read two moral stories, generated a theme and rated the ethical sensitivity, ethical judgment, ethical motivation and ethical action represented in the story. There were age trends on the ability to generate the intended theme of the story (story 1: 85% of children, 97% of undergrads and 93% of adults; story 2: 67% of children, 87% of undergrads, 93% of adults were correct). Story ratings were similar across type of rating (sensitivity, judgment, focus, action) and for each story except for age trends in story 2 sensitivity and action--adults outperformed both younger groups. Adults were more consistent in their moral comprehension across tasks and stories.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Higher Education; Middle Schools
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