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    In a Different Voice

    Women's Conceptions of Self and of Morality

    Carol Gilligan
    As theories of developmental psychology continue to define educational goals and practice, it has become imperative for educators and researchers to scrutinize not only the underlying assumptions of such theories but also the model of adulthood toward which they point. Carol Gilligan examines the limitations of several theories, most notably Kohlberg's stage theory of moral development, and concludes that developmental theory has not given adequate expression to the concerns and experience of women. Through a review of psychological and literary sources, she illustrates the feminine construction of reality. From her own research data, interviews with women contemplating abortion, she then derives an alternative sequence for the development of women's moral judgments. Finally, she argues for an expanded conception of adulthood that would result from the integration of the "feminine voice" into developmental theory.

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    Winter 1977 Issue

    Abstracts

    In a Different Voice
    Women's Conceptions of Self and of Morality
    Carol Gilligan
    Teaching Reading and Language to the Disadvantaged
    What We Have Learned from Field Research
    Wesley C. Becker
    Pierre Bourdieu
    The Cultural Transmission of Social Inequality
    David Swartz
    Bernstein and Durkheim
    Two Theories of Change in Educational Systems
    Mohamed Cherkaoui
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