The Moral Judgment of Physical Education Teachers

Henkel, Steven A.; Earls, Neal F.
April 1985
Journal of Teaching in Physical Education;Apr1985, Vol. 4 Issue 3, p178
Academic Journal
A theoretical framework was developed to frame research on the moral thought and actions of teachers and students. The moral judgment of K-12 physical education teachers (n = 47) was investigated to determine their characteristic types of moral judgment, the amount of variability in moral judgment, and how this variability was distributed with regard lo gender, teaching level, formal education, amount of coaching experience, type of coaching involvement, and coaching aspiration. Moral judgment was assessed according to Rest's (1979b) Defining Issues Test. The largest differences were revealed for the coaching related subgroups. The total sample mean P (principled reasoning) score of 37.8% was lower than the normative mean for comparison groups in other studies employing the DIT.


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