Open Access Graduate Research Paper
A moral dimension is often intrinsic to YA literature because it is concerned with the problems of youth. This study examines the moral reasoning of teenage protagonists by applying the theory of Lawrence Kohlberg to the analysis of a sample of twelve books drawn from YASD's "Best of the Best Books--1970-1982" list. The sample was structured to provide comparison between type of book (realistic fiction and fantasy/ science fiction), sex of author, and sex and age of protagonist. Analysis was made by assigning a numerical score corresponding to Kohlberg's six developmental stages to six incidents from each book and statistically comparing the scores.
Year of Submission
Master of Arts
Department of Library Science
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©1985 Millie Jensen
Jensen, Millie, "A Study of Moral Reasoning in Young Adult Literature" (1985). Graduate Research Papers. 3159.