Adaptation of a moral judgment interview for a pen and paper test

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Madge Twiggs Schwarz (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Rebecca M. Smith

Abstract: The purpose of the present study was to design and validate a written instrument which would approximate the Kohlberg (1958) Moral Judgment Interview in yielded scores. Validity of the instrument was determined by whether it yielded age differences in moral stage scores. Kohlberg found age differences and he later postulated a relationship between moral stages and cognitive stages which predicts age differences. The subjects were a non-random sampling of 57 seventh-grade students, 61 twelfth-grade students, and 50 college students. The data were collected, using two comparable written instruments, one of which was an open-end questionnaire requiring self-structured responses; the other was an objective multiple-choice instrument. Analyses of score differences within groups and between groups were done by the statistical procedures of analysis of variance and t>test for significance of the differences. The open-end Instrument discriminated the scores of seventh-graders and twelfth-graders, whereas the objective instrument did not discriminate among the three different groups at all.

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Language: English
Date: 1974

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