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MELO PESSOTTI, Alice; ORTEGA, Antonio Carlos  y  MOULIN DE ALENCAR, Heloisa. Moral trial and cheating in a psychogenetic perspective. Ciênc. cogn. [online]. 2011, vol.16, n.3, pp. 167-181. ISSN 1806-5821.

Abstract This study aims to investigate, in a psychogenic perspective, cheating regarding children's moral judgment in a situation of games with rules, based on Piaget's theory. 40 children from two private schools in Linhares town - ES participated, with ages between 5 and 10 years, equally distributed according to age and sex. This research was conducted using the following instruments: a story and a structured interview involving cheating on Tic Tac Toe. The survey was conducted in a phase in which it was sought to know the child's moral judgments regarding the cheating. The results allowed to observe that when being asked to establish an opinion on the attitude reported, all of the participants said that the act of cheating was wrong, with the largest number of justifications mentioned among children 5 years was 'circular argument'. However, the category most often cited by participants of 10 years was 'disobeyed the rules of the game'. Through these results, it was noticeable that the children from both ages that were surveyed think of cheating as something wrong. Besides, they associate their views through various moral aspects, which are already known, such as stealing and lying. © Cien. Cogn. 2011; Vol. 16 (3): 167-185.

Palabras clave : moral trial; moral development; cheating.

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