The objectives of study were: (1) To develop test for the study of varying modes of rearing practices prevailing in different – ethnic groups. (2) To develop Piagetian type stories as task to study the nature of moral development of children from 7+ to 11+ years of the age groups. (3) To make a comparative study of the modes of rearing practices prevalent in varying ethnic groups i.e. religious groups – Hindus, Muslims, Christians. (4) To develop social role model test to study the relationship between role models and child rearing practices. (5) To study how morale development is related with differing modes of rearing practices adopted by religious group. (6) To make a comparative study of the morale development of the children in similar modes of rearing practices of the different ethnic groups.
The hypotheses of study were: (1) There exists statistically no significant difference in the nature of morale judgement of children from 7+ to 11+ years with regard to their rearing practices in different religious groups. (2) There is statistically no significant difference among the highly neglected, normally accepted and do accepted nature of child rearing practices with respect to their development in moral judgement. (3) There is statistically no significant difference between the development of moral judgement and development of male type and sex type in children.
The sample comprised of 600 Students of age ranged from 7+ to 11+ from Two Schools of Agra City. It was selected with the help of Purposive Sampling Method.
Moral Judgement Test by D. Sinha & M. Verma, Social – Role Model and Sex – Role Stereotype Test, Child Rearing Test (Test – Retest reliability coefficient = 0.93) and Stories developed by Researcher were used for data collection.
The Normative Survey Method was used in Research.
The data were analyzed by t – Test and ANOVA.
The findings of study were: (1) The age does not seem to influence the perception of rearing practices. (2) In all the three cultural groups, moral judgement grows with age. (3) At 7+ the intentionality appears and consistently grows with the advancement image up to 11+ years of age of the child. (4) The age 7+ is the terminal point of pre - conventional stage. (5) The age 11+ seems to be the terminal point of conventional stage. (6) The girls were consistently superior to boys on their moral judgement scores from 7+ to 11+ years of their age.
Keyword(s): Role Models, Rearing Practices , Parents , Development , Moral Judgement , Children, Moral and Value Education