TITLE

Comparing the Stewart-Sprinthall Management Survey and the Defining Issues Test-2 as Measures of Moral Reasoning in Public Administration

AUTHOR(S)
Rizzo, Ann-Marie; Swisher, Laura Lee
PUB. DATE
July 2004
SOURCE
Journal of Public Administration Research & Theory;Jul2004, Vol. 14 Issue 3, p335
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Studies of moral reasoning in public administration have used James Rest's Defining Issues Test (DID and the Stewart-Sprinthall Management Survey (SSMS), both derived from Lawrence Kohlberg's work, to assess the moral reasoning of government managers and personnel with disparate results. For example, in previous research with public administrators the SSMS has found higher levels of law and order or maintaining norms moral reasoning than the DIT. The purposes of this article are to (1) summarize the results of published research in public administration using the SSMS and the DIT, (2) compare the results of the SSMS and Oft in the same sample of public administrators, and (3) make recommendations for the use of these instruments in research and practice. In a sample S members of the American Society for Public Administration's Section on Ethics, a comparison of DIT-2 and SSMS moral reasoning scores demonstrated no significant differences between postconventional moral reasoning scores; however, there was a significant difference between maintaining. norms percentage scores. This suggests that the two instruments may tap into different dimensions of moral reasoning. Liberals and moderates scored significantly higher than conservatives did in postconventional reasoning on the DIT-2 but not on the SSMS. These results support findings of previous research demonstrating the political dimensions of the DIT, as well as reinforce the multidimensional nature of moral behavior and moral judgment Discussion focuses on the implications of these findings for the use of both instruments.
ACCESSION #
13713674

 

Related Articles

  • The Role of Evaluations in Political and Administrative Learning and the Role of Learning in Evaluation Praxis. Jan-Eric Furubo, Ian // OECD Journal on Budgeting;2003, Vol. 3 Issue 3, p67 

    Discusses the role of evaluations in political and administrative learning and the role of learning in evaluation praxis. Diffusion of evaluation praxis to a greater number of countries; Use of evaluations to fine-tune and implement policy changes; Relation between evaluators and political...

  • IMAGINING ANTI-ADMINISTRATION'S ANTI-HERO (ANTAGONIST?PROTAGONIST?AGONIST?). Patterson, Patricia M. // Administrative Theory & Praxis (Administrative Theory & Praxis);Dec2001, Vol. 23 Issue 4, p529 

    This article poses an anti-heroic creature of folklore and administrative experience as a potential personification of anti-administration. In these pages, the paradoxical and antagonistic figure of Tricksler is offered in comparison and contrast to some protagonists and agonistic "heroes" of...

  • Farewell to the "Party Period": Political Economy in Nineteenth-Century America. John, Richard R. // Journal of Policy History;Apr2004, Vol. 16 Issue 2, p117 

    Historians of the United States have long contended that the study of governmental institutions, including the history of public policy, is no longer central to the teaching and writing of American history. This article surveys recent scholarship on the history of political economy in the United...

  • Los gobiernos reformistas y los puntos de veto en M�xico: una reflexi�n desde la ciencia pol�tica. Ugalde, Luis Carlos // Sociol�gica;ene-abr2004, Vol. 19 Issue 54, p39 

    Lately there has been an intense political and academic debate in regards to the obstacles for approving and for putting into practice public policies that Mexico needs for its development. The objective of this article is to show that the last causes of the incapability to modify the status quo...

  • Antworten auf Strategiefragen in der FDP. Niebel, Dirk // Neue Soziale Bewegungen;jan2008, Vol. 21 Issue 1, p58 

    First Dirk Niebel explains the changing general framework for strategy development in political parties. Afterwards he shows with which instruments the FDP reacted to these changes, which in his view were successful.

  • Das Wirkliche am Möglichen messen. Schönenborn, Jörg // Neue Soziale Bewegungen;jan2008, Vol. 21 Issue 1, p79 

    Politics as well as media coverage have become concerned more with details rather than long-term planning or debating on policies. Jörg Schönenborn pleads for a more intense engagement with and discussion about political issues rather than the media giving big attention to every small step...

  • ATOMS, STRATEGY AND POLICY. Nitze, Paul H. // Foreign Affairs;Jan1956, Vol. 34 Issue 2, p187 

    After much use in political debate, words tend to become leathery and pliable in the meanings they suggest. This article discusses the concepts of action policy and declaratory policy. Action policy refers to the general guidelines that govern actions in various contingencies. Declaratory policy...

  • Editorial Notes.  // New Republic;8/26/16, Vol. 8 Issue 95, p77 

    Focuses on the open hostilities between the progressive and conservative wings of the Californian Republicans. Legitimate offspring of the countrywide schism of 1912; Reunion of the Republican Party in Chicago, Illinois; Fundamental agreement upon matters of public policy; Sympathy of Mr. Hughes...

  • Views from Australia. Staerk, R. G. // New Zealand Sociology;1994, Vol. 9 Issue 2, p414 

    The article focuses on the topics discussed by J. Boston and P. Dalziel in their latest New Zealand book on political economy. The book criticizes the first year of the National Government policies and has described the distinct relationship between political economy and sociology. In this...

Share

Read the Article

Courtesy of THE LIBRARY OF VIRGINIA

Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics