ERIC Number: EJ748216
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
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Determinants of Moral Reasoning: Academic Factors, Gender, Richness-of-Life Experiences, and Religious Preferences
Wilhelm, William J.
Delta Pi Epsilon Journal, v46 n2 p105-123 Spr-Sum 2004
A series of initiatives over the last fifteen years have helped forge today's consensus on the need to clarify and clearly communicate standards of behavior (National Skills Standards Board (NSSB), 1996). These initiatives have generated considerable discourse and subsequent research dealing with morals and ethics. This study focuses on academic, cultural, and demographic variables that might have an affect on college students' levels of moral reasoning at a medium size Midwestern university. The students' school of enrollment; major; religious preference; and participation in extra-curricular, co-curricular, volunteer, or community organizations showed no relationship to higher levels of moral reasoning. The study showed a modest inverse correlation between moral reasoning levels and the hours individuals participated in extra-curricular, co-curricular, volunteer, or community organization activities. Overall, business students, regardless of major, are not predisposed to lower levels of moral reasoning.
Descriptors: Decision Making, Moral Values, Moral Development, College Students, Student Characteristics, Religious Factors, Student Participation, Extracurricular Activities, Volunteers, Community Organizations, Correlation, Majors (Students), Predictor Variables, Business Administration Education
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