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Coursework Draft The aim of this research is to investigate the existence of a correlation between age and behaviour, specifically, moral reasoning. The testable alternative hypothesis is that there will be a positive correlation between old age and moral reasoning when compared to a younger age range. It is expected that the older participants will show more moral reasoning when completing the experiment. Today's society is very autonomous and traditional morals and values appear to have been cast aside and have not been passed on to the younger generation. It is expected that this will have a direct effect on the results of the experiment. (Is this relevant?) Piaget has researched the development of moral behaviour in children extensively, however, it was Kohlberg who identified more stages in the developmental process and continued research on into adulthood. In 1969 he investigated peoples moral reasoning by posing a moral dilemma to a sample of 84 participants then asked them questions related to the dilemma. The target population are a group of young adults between the ages of 16 and 25 and a group of mature adults between the ages of 61 and 70, selected from a group of associates sharing a common interest. ...read more.


Your anonymity will be kept at all times as you are not required to record your name, your exact age, however, is required and should be recorded clearly on the sheet. You have the right to withdraw from the experiment at any time without the fear of repercussions. You will be given a written dilemma which will be read aloud to you and then you will need to consider three questions and answer them as honestly as possible. You are not allowed to discuss the dilemma or the questions with any of the other participants. N.B There are no right or wrong answers it is merely your opinion that is required. Your answers will then be recorded and analysed. Each participant will also be given a sheet detailing the moral dilemma and the three questions they must answer. They will also be provided with a pen. The dilemma and questions will also be given verbally. The participant will also indicate on the sheet, which age range they fall into. The answer sheets will then be collected and the data entered into a table to indicate how each participant answered the questions, along with their age. ...read more.


Heinz couldn't afford to buy the drug, so he asked friends and relatives to lend him money. But still he only had half the money he needed. He told the pharmacist his wife was dying and asked him to sell the drug cheaper, or asked if he could pay the rest of the money later. The pharmacist said no, he had discovered the drug and was going to make money on it. Heinz got desperate so he broke into the pharmacy and stole some of the drug. Questions Age in years 1. Should Heinz have stolen the drug? A) Yes, because he wanted to save his wife's life B) No, because it was wrong to break in and steal something. 2. Would it change anything if Heinz did not love his wife? A) Yes, because he wouldn't care whether she lived or died. B) No, because he still wouldn't want to see her die. 3. What if the person dying was a stranger, would it make any difference? A) Yes, because you wouldn't break in and steal the drug for someone you didn't know. B) No, because you would be trying to save someone's life. ?? ?? ?? ?? Jo Mawson 1 Coursework ...read more.

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