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ERIC Number: ED558292
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 445
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: 978-1-3032-4263-2
Mixed Methods Case Study of Generational Patterns in Responses to Shame and Guilt
Ng, Tony
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Walden University
Moral socialization and moral learning are antecedents of moral motivation. As many as 4 generations interact in workplace and education settings; hence, a deeper understanding of the moral motivation of members of those generations is needed. The purpose of this convergent mixed methods case study was to understand the moral motivation of 5 cohort generations by examining their responses to hypothetical scenarios that might elicit their moral emotions of shame and guilt. Strauss and Howe's generational theory informed this study. Research questions were designed to identify generational patterns in shame and guilt and to compare responses within and across the generations. Stratified purposive sampling was used, and participants were members of a large, ethnically diverse, and multigenerational church in the Western United States. One hundred thirty-three adults completed the Test of Self-Conscious Affect, Version 3 (TOSCA-3). Five members of each generation were interviewed individually. Using ANOVA, no statistically significant differences were found across TOSCA guilt and shame scores. A priori and axial coding were used to support inductive and deductive analyses of qualitative data. Themes describing shame and guilt experiences included "moral socialization and learning," "socioeconomic mediators," and "meaning making." An informal learning model of adult moral socialization and motivation was proposed, identifying socioeconomic and meaning making mediators as important to influencing learning and changing behaviors. Positive social change implications include providing employers, informal educators, and others with enhanced knowledge of adult learning and the potential to improve intergenerational understanding and cooperation. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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