States of Moral Judgment Development: Applying Item Response Theory to Defining Issues Test Data

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dc.contributor.author Enden, Thijs van den
dc.contributor.author Boom, Jan
dc.contributor.author Brugman, Daniel
dc.contributor.author Thoma, Stephen
dc.date.accessioned 2021-07-28T15:59:51Z
dc.date.available 2021-07-28T15:59:51Z
dc.date.issued 2018
dc.identifier.citation Enden, T., Boom, J., Brugman, D., Thoma, S. (2018): States of Moral Judgment Development: Applying Item Response Theory to Defining Issues Test Data. Journal of Moral Education. 48(4). en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/7993
dc.description.abstract The Defining Issues Test (DIT) has been the dominant measure of moral development. The DIT has its roots in Kohlberg’s original stage theory of moral judgment development and asks respondents to rank a set of stage typed statements in order of importance on six stories. However, the question to what extent the DIT-data match the underlying stage model was never addressed with a statistical model. Therefore, we applied item response theory (IRT) to a large data set (55,319 cases). We found that the ordering of the stages as extracted from the raw data fitted the ordering in the underlying stage model good. Furthermore, difficulty differences of stages across the stories were found and their magnitude and location were visualized. These findings are compatible with the notion of one latent moral developmental dimension and lend support to the hundreds of studies that have used the DIT-1 and by implication support the renewed DIT-2. en_US
dc.description.uri https://doi.org/10.1080/03057240.2018.1540973
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English en_US
dc.rights.uri https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
dc.subject moral judgment en_US
dc.subject stage en_US
dc.subject Defining Issues Test (DIT) en_US
dc.subject item response theory (IRT) en_US
dc.title States of Moral Judgment Development: Applying Item Response Theory to Defining Issues Test Data en_US
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