Understanding the relationship between moral judgment development and individual characteristics: The role of educational contexts.

TitleUnderstanding the relationship between moral judgment development and individual characteristics: The role of educational contexts.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsMaeda, Y, Thoma, SJ, Bebeau, MJ
JournalJournal of Educational Psychology
Volume101
Issue1
Pagination233 - 247
Date Published2009
ISSN Number0022-0663
Keywordseducation , Evaluation and Assessment , PSYCHOLOGY
Abstracthis study examines variation in moral judgment level as measured by the Defining Issues Test 2 (DIT-2; J. R. Rest & D. Narvaez, 1998), based on individual demographic information and educational contexts. Individual DIT-2 scores and demographic information were obtained from the archived data sets housed at the Center for the Study of Ethical Development. The information on educational contexts was obtained by surveying the researchers who initially gathered the data. Hierarchical linear modeling was used to analyze DIT-2 data from 7,642 individuals and 65 institutions. Findings indicate that average DIT-2 scores vary significantly among institutions. Further, the authors found that the strength of the relation of DIT-2 scores to gender and English language status is significant and consistent across contexts, whereas the strength of the relation to educational level and political identity varies across contexts. These findings indicate that information about the individuals' educational context as well as the broader regional contexts should be taken into account to understand variation in individual levels of moral judgment. The findings can also be used as an interpretive guide for DIT-2 users.
DOI10.1037/a0013381
Short TitleJournal of Educational Psychology
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