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ERIC Number: ED518587
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Apr-13
Pages: 30
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 18
The Effects of Perceived Peer Behavior and Visual Art Content on Students' Moral Action Confidence
Cuevas, Ashley Kukula
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The purpose of this study was to examine whether observable peer behaviors and art unit content would positively influence moral confidence. The hypothesis was tested on 15 middle school students in a semi-rural school district in Central New York. Students completed questionnaires before and after participating in an art unit with pro-social themes. Answers from the questions were assigned numerical values based on their degree, and the cumulative score within a single questionnaire was referred to as a Moral Action Score. This score was recorded before and after the unit. The scores were also compared between three versions of the questionnaire. Moral dilemmas within the three versions displayed either pro-social, anti-social, or no peer behavior at all. Results suggest that unit content has the potential to influence students' moral confidence. Data also indicates that perceived peer behaviors are even more influential in raising or lowering a student's confidence to take moral action. It is therefore recommended that teachers make the effort to include moral action and pro-social content within unit instruction and encourage students to take action in accordance with their own values.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Grade 7; Grade 8; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York