THE EFFECTS OF MORAL EDUCATION ON DELINQUENTS AND PREDELINQUENTS

WILLIAM JEREMIAH NILES, Fordham University

Abstract

The study analyzed the impact of a moral discussion group, based on the work of Jean Piaget and Lawrence Kohlberg, on the moral reasoning of delinquent and predelinquent adolescent males.^ The research was conducted in a school servicing an institutionalized delinquent and predelinquent population and in a day school program servicing a similar population who were not institutionalized. In each facility, the moral discussion group was compared to a placebo group receiving a values clarification program which was similar in content to the moral discussion group approach and a control group which received no treatment.^ The results, based on Kohlberg's moral judgment interview process, indicated that an application of Kohlberg's principles as operationalized through the moral discussion group has a significant impact on the moral reasoning ability of delinquent and predelinquent adolescents as compared to a placebo group and a control group. The findings also indicated that gains in moral reasoning do not necessarily lead to improved classroom behaviors. Finally, a comparison of results for the two schools suggest that school environmental factors may interact with project variables to limit or negate gains which can occur as a result of the moral discussion experience. ^

Subject Area

Educational psychology

Recommended Citation

NILES, WILLIAM JEREMIAH, "THE EFFECTS OF MORAL EDUCATION ON DELINQUENTS AND PREDELINQUENTS" (1983). ETD Collection for Fordham University. AAI8308486.
http://fordham.bepress.com/dissertations/AAI8308486

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