Scientific data of the Munich Longitudinal Study on the Genesis of Individual Competencies (LOGIC): Moral development.

Resource Type
  • Nunner-Winkler, Gertrud (-)
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  • GESIS:
    • Psychology
  • APA Classification:
    • Cognitive & Perceptual Development
    • Psychosocial & Personality Development
  • Abstract

    The Munich "Longitudinal Study of the Genesis of Individual Competencies" (LOGIC) is a comprehensive examination of the differential description of developmental trajectories of cognitive skills and personality characteristics. It also describes individual differences in development due to the influence of varying school and classroom conditions. The changing state of the development of intelligence, psychomotor behavior, thinking, memory, school knowledge, motivation, personal characteristics, social skills and preferences, and moral reasoning and action were regularly reported. Beginning in 1984, 9 annual survey waves were carried out encompassing 3 points of measurement each. 205 children (aged 4 years and older) from 20 different kindergartens in Munich and from the Fürstenfeldbruck area were examined. In 1997-1998, a follow-up study (wave 10) was conducted with the now 18-year-old subjects. The most recent survey (wave 11) took place in 2003-2005. For this wave, 153 subjects (74.6%) of the initial sample could be obtained. The entire study thus extends over an age range from preschool age to young adulthood (Schneider & Bullock, 2009, Weinert & Schneider, 1999). The development of moral motivation was examined from pre-school to early adulthood. The knowledge of moral rules and moral motivation were analyzed using various, sometimes newly developed instruments. The results suggest that moral development can be understood as a two-stage learning process. Overall the children from early on acquire a knowledge of simple moral rules and understand their categorical validity. Moral motivation is developed in a second learning processthat the children are undergoing at different speeds and varying degrees of success. On average, moral motivation increases with age. Class and gender were analyzed as factors influencing individual differences in developmental trajectories. It was found that mostly boys with a strong identification with their own gender role at puberty have decreases in moral motivation (Nunner-Winkler, 2009).

Temporal Coverage
  • 1984-10-01 / 2005-01-31
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