Moral Reasoning and Behavior

Agression and Cheating

moral reasoning

  • the thinking process involved in judgments about questions of right and wrong

conventional reasoning

  • the belief that the regularities they see are real and right
To understand what is convention and what is moral, we need to know about the beliefs of the culture

"Children learn more from what you are than what you teach." -W.E.B. Du Bois

Mean Girls - Scream!


  1. Instrumental: gain an object or privilege
  2. Hostile: inflicting intentional harm
  3. Overt: threats or physical attacks
  4. Relational: damaging social relationships
  5. Cyber: using social media to spread rumors or make threats

Why do students cheat?

  1. What is my goal?
  2. Can I do this?
  3. What are the costs?
Students are less likely to cheat when they view their teacher as credible. If students trust the teacher as a credible source, they may be more likely to value the content being taught and therefore want to actually learn it.