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Education and Human Development Master's Theses

1997

Elementary Education

Moral development

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Assessment Of Growth Of Moral Development In Children Through Literature, Hilary Kretzer Jun 1997

Assessment Of Growth Of Moral Development In Children Through Literature, Hilary Kretzer

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

The purpose of this study is to determine the effect of children’s literature on moral growth in 3rd grade students. Twenty-eight 3rd graders from a suburban western New York school were examined, including 11 boys and 17 girls ages 8-9. The researcher uses a student survey to gauge initial student opinions/attitudes about honesty and respect. Students then undergo an 11 day classroom program in which they focus on those values through children’s literature. Results were mixed, with some students expressing confusion over survey questions, however, 31% of subjects showed an increase in their moral development ...