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Moral judgement programs

Overview

  • Influence: Moral judgement programs
  • Domain: Curricula
  • Sub-Domain: Other curricula programs
  • Potential to Accelerate Student Achievement: Likely to have positive impact
  • Influence Definition: Cognitive development theorists suggest that people judge actions as moral or not based on their understanding of justice and cooperative reciprocity—an understanding that develops over time. Moral judgement programs attempt to cultivate such discernment in students by enabling them to consider and discuss hypothetical moral crises.

Evidence

  • Number of meta-analyses: 2
  • Number of studies: 85
  • Number of students: 5,027
  • Number of effects: 98
  • Effect size: 0.31

Meta-Analyses

Meta-Analyses
Journal Title Author First Author's Country Article Name Year Published Variable Number of Studies Number of Students Number of Effects Effect Size
Review of Educational Research Schlaefli, Rest, & Thoma Switzerland Does Moral Education Improve Moral Judgement? A meta-Analysis of Intervention Studies Using the Defining Issues Test 1985 Effects on moral judgments 55 0 68 0.28
Der Pedagogist Blick Zierer & Sanders Germany Wie workcamp send dilemma-discussion (A Meta-Analysis on the Effectivity of Dilemma Discussions) 2015 Dilemma discussions on argumentation 30 5,027 30 0.34
TOTAL/AVERAGE 85 5,027 98 0.31

Confidence

The Confidence is the average of these four measures, each divided into five approximately equal groups and assigned a value from 1 to 5 based on the following criteria:

  • Number of Meta-analyses
    • 1 = 1
    • 2 = 2–3
    • 3 = 4–6
    • 4 = 7–9
    • 5 = 10+
  • Number of Studies
    • 1 = 1–10
    • 2 = 11–50
    • 3 = 51–200
    • 4 = 201–400
    • 5 = 400+
  • Number of Students
    • 1 = 1–2,500
    • 2 = 2,501–10,000
    • 3 = 10,000–20,000
    • 4 = 20,000–100,000
    • 5 = 100,001+
  • Number of Effects
    • 1 = 1–100
    • 2 = 101–300
    • 3 = 301–600
    • 4 = 601–1,200
    • 5 = 1,200+
Confidences
Number of Meta-Analyses Number of Studies Number of Students Number of Effects Overall Confidence
Confidence Factor 2 3 2 1 2
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