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Children’s conceptions of bullying and repeated conventional transgressions: Moral, conventional, structuring and personal-choice reasoning
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Education, Teaching and Learning. Linköping University, Faculty of Educational Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9233-3862
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Education, Teaching and Learning. Linköping University, Faculty of Educational Sciences.
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Education, Teaching and Learning. Linköping University, Faculty of Educational Sciences.
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Education, Teaching and Learning. Linköping University, Faculty of Educational Sciences.
2016 (English)In: Educational Psychology, ISSN 0144-3410, E-ISSN 1469-5820, Vol. 36, no 1, 95-111 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study examined 307 elementary school children’s judgements and reasoning about bullying and other repeated transgressions when school rules regulating these transgressions have been removed in hypothetical school situations. As expected, children judged bullying (repeated moral transgressions) as wrong independently of rules and as more wrong than all the other repeated transgressions. They justified their judgement in terms of harm that the actions caused. Moreover, whereas children tended to judge repeated structuring transgressions as wrong independently of rules (but to a lesser degree than when they evaluated bullying) and justified their judgements in terms of the disruptive, obstructive or disturbing effects that the actions caused, they tended to accept repeated etiquette transgressions by arguing that the acts had no negative effects or simply that the rule had been removed. The findings confirm as well as extend previous social-cognitive domain research on children’s socio-moral reasoning.

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2016. Vol. 36, no 1, 95-111 p.
Keyword [en]
bullying, aggression, domain theory, moral development, moral reasoning, moral judgement, rule transgression, school rules, moral education
Keyword [sv]
mobbning, domänteori, moral, etik, värdepedagogik, värdegrund, skolregler, regelöverträdelse
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Pedagogy Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-123713DOI: 10.1080/01443410.2014.915929ISI: 000366730500005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-123713DiVA: diva2:892422
Available from: 2016-01-10 Created: 2016-01-10 Last updated: 2016-05-04

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