Date of Award

Spring 1974

Document Type

Dissertation - Restricted

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)



First Advisor

Sperry, Len

Second Advisor

Gawkoski, Roman

Third Advisor

Siderits, Mary A.


The problem of moral development is only one of many aspects involved in the process of socialization. Not only has it long been a fundamental issue to the social scientist, it also has become a recent concern of the modern educator. As Kohlberg (1967) notes the public school is the most important environment of the child outside the home: "By and large, basic morality develops 'naturally' through a variety of intellectual and social stimulations in the home, the peer group, and the school; it does not require systematic indoctrination. However, recent research suggests that the school may play a positive role in stimulating the development and suggest some lines along which it may be done. Regardless of quantitative findings, the definition of the public school as fitting the child for citizenship and the persuasiveness of moral issues in classroom life and curriculum require explicit educational thought about the moral objectives of education." The implication, therefore, is that the socialization of the child should be a concern not only to the social scientist but also to the educator...



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