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Using narratives to explore Mexican children’s representations of justice

Author(s) Plascencia, M. & Pérez Manjarrez, E.  
Publisher London: CiCe  
Year 2012  
Editor P. Cunningham & N. Fretwell (eds.) Creating Communities: Local, National and Global  
Age group -  
This paper explores children´s representations of justice in Mexico through the use of three different narratives in which the characters are involved in different types of transgressions. The study is being conducted with primary students (3º, 4º, 5º and 6º grade) and secondary students in Chiapas. In this case, a set of hypothetical situations as dilemmas are presented to students, using three different scenarios for each narrative that have been specifically designed for this work. The aim of this study is to explore the deontological elements used by children of different ages when they try to explain what happened in the narratives presented to them. The data is analysed based on the different type of domains (moral, conventional, prudential) contained in the stories and in terms of the three different dilemmatic situations that have been designed for each of the narratives, that is, a dilemmatic ending situation, an uncertain ending situation and a transgression ending situation. The qualitative results from the study are being presented here. Keywords: deontic reasoning, moral, story structure, school children, corruption

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