Values: A study of identity, diversity and social change.
1996 - February 1999
under the Economic and Social Research Council's programme Children
5-16: Growing up in the 21st century (L129251020).
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- To contribute to theory in the area of
the social construction of identity by examining how young people
position themselves in relation to different contemporary value systems
and to understand how this positioning relates to processes of identity
formation including experiences of social inclusion and exclusion.
- To produce new data providing qualitative
and quantitative documentation of the variety of moral world views
within and between groups of young people aged 11-16 in the UK with
particular reference to differences of age, gender, ethnicity, faith,
social class, family formation and location.
- To produce knowledge of the factors that
contribute to moral development and of the strategies that young people
employ to cope with moral dilemmas and diversity. We planned to develop
understanding of how social and intergenerational change have affected
the legitimacy of sources of moral authority for young people.
- To make a major contribution towards
youth policy in the areas of health, education, parenting and criminal
justice by providing an understanding of young people as active moral
agents, documenting the range of their moral world views and
elaborating their understanding of moral legitimacy. The study aimed to
make a practical contribution to educational practice and methods, and
identify potential strategies for the support and guidance of young
people from different social environments.
- What or who do young people recognise as
sources of moral authority and what factors contribute to the
legitimacy of moral authority?
- How do they perceive changes in values
- How do they respond to diversity in
contemporary value systems?
- How do young people understand the
processes of their own moral development and how does this contribute
to adult identity?
- What is the relationship between young
people's values and their expectations and experiences of social
inclusion and exclusion?