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ERIC Number: EJ799583
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun
Pages: 22
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ISSN: ISSN-0030-9230
Measuring the Moral Sense: Morality Tests in Continental Europe between 1910 and 1930
Verplaetse, Jan
Paedagogica Historica: International Journal of the History of Education, v44 n3 p265-286 Jun 2008
Although historians of psychological and educational sciences have not completely neglected early research in the field of morality testing, European contributions to the measurement of ethical judgement and moral feeling have not received much historical attention. In this paper, two principal, experimental paradigms that emerged in early European research are described and framed within their sociopolitical contexts. From 1910 to 1930, European researchers administered the "justification test", wherein deviant youngsters were asked to justify fictitious moral decisions; and the "ranking test", wherein subjects were asked to arrange moral transgressions by order of their seriousness. Both tests sought to contribute to the contemporary fight against juvenile delinquency. The justification test was devised to support political pleas for upping the age of legal responsibility. The ranking test sought to introduce a scientifically based selection and classification system for difficult youths. (Contains 4 figures and 68 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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