Amber Marchut


This proposal is a request for financial support to study the moral development of deaf and hearing children. The project has two foci; the first is on analyzing various existing biases in Kohlberg's moral development stage theory and research methodology; the second is on understanding better the impact of communication parent-child and culture on moral development on deaf and hearing children. Five different groups of children who will be interviewed and studied: deaf children of deaf parents fluent in American Sign Language (ASL), deaf children of hearing parents where at least one parent is a fluent signer, deaf children of hearing parents where no parent signs, hearing children of deaf parents fluent in ASL, and hearing children of hearing parents. The findings will allow educators, parents, psychologists, researchers, and counselors to increase awareness, sensitivity, and knowledge regarding the biases in Kohlberg's theory and the effects of communication and culture on the moral reasoning skills of deaf and hearing children.

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Document Type

Master's Project

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Department, Program, or Center

Master of Science of Secondary Education of Students Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (NTID)


DiFelice, Sharon

Advisor/Committee Member

Bateman, Gerald


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