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ERIC Number: EJ826672
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jan
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 43
ISSN: ISSN-1570-0763
Between Kohlberg and Gilligan: Levels of Moral Judgment among Elementary School Principals
Vitton, Charles J.; Wasonga, Teresa A.
Leadership and Policy in Schools, v8 n1 p92-116 Jan 2009
This research investigated levels of moral judgment among public elementary school principals as measured by the Defining Issues Test Version 2 for occupationally relevant and other moral dilemmas. The participants scored lower (38.7) than the predicted average P score (postconventional thinking) for individuals who have attained graduate level education (53.3) or general adults (40). Of the independent variables studied, only political views had a significant impact on moral judgment. Women, younger participants, and those with higher academic degrees scored higher. Although these findings are limited to the interpretations of participants, they demonstrate how neo-Kohlbergian research is responding to criticisms of Kohlberg. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education; Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A