Facilitating development of four moral concepts among kindergarten and first-grade children

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Studied the effects of a training program designed to facilitate moral development in 4 specific areas: independence of sanctions, immanent justice, rules in games, and understanding punishment. 58 kindergartners and 60 1st graders of both sexes, divided equally into treatment and control groups, participated. The treatment groups were read stories designed to stimulate discussion concerning the solution to moral issues presented in the stories. All Ss were individually pre- and posttested with questions following the presentation of stories. The experimental groups, compared with the control groups, improved significantly following the brief training program in 3 of the 4 areas (immanent justice, rules in games, and understanding punishment). (25 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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