An Empirical Study on Chinese And American College Students’ Moral Value Recognition

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Zhu Hailong


This study used a self-designed questionnaire to empirically evaluate Chinese and American undergraduate students’ recognition of moral values in six dimensions: honesty, civility & self-discipline, benevolence, unity & helping others, esteem, and filial piety. In total, 743 valid samples from 8 Chinese universities and 157 valid samples from 4 American universities were collected for an experimental comparison. Measurement results showed that the differences between Chinese and American college students were not significant in the dimensions of honesty, benevolence, esteem, and filial piety. These values, which originated in traditional Chinese culture, had the same priorities in both groups, confirming a certain degree of universality. However, significant intergroup differences existed in the civility and self-discipline dimension and the unity and helping others dimension. These results highlight the importance of enhancing Chinese college students’ moral consciousness, especially with esteem, and of enhancing American students’ consciousness of unity and helping others.


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Hailong, Z. (2018). An Empirical Study on Chinese And American College Students’ Moral Value Recognition. ETHICS IN PROGRESS, 9(1), 118-127.
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Zhu Hailong, Guangdong University of Foreign Studies

Zhu Hai-Long, PhD, mentor, and Associate Professor in Higher Education Research Center at the Guangdong University of foreign studies in Guangzhou, China, P.R. His research interests primarily involve issues in Moral Psychology and Culture. He has published several articles and books on a variety topics in Undergraduates' Moral Development, Morality Training, etc.


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