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Real-Life Moral Dilemma Discussion (Re-LiMDD) Among Young Adolescents: A Comparison Between Malaysia and Indonesia

  • Vishalache BalakrishnanEmail author


This chapter seeks to discover what young adolescents describe as moral dilemmas, how they approach them and what they find useful in resolving these problems. The initial research is founded on a modified version of Vygotsky’s Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD), extended to suit the multi-religious, multi-ethnic Malaysia and Indonesia setting, and here called the Zone of Collaborative Development (ZCD). The young adolescents were randomly selected from different schools to take part in the focus group discussion using Real-Life Moral Dilemma Discussion (Re-LiMDD) as a mode of analysing their moral dilemmas. The research itself trials a process of resolving real-life moral dilemmas in young adolescent’s life. It critically analyses the types of real-life moral dilemmas that they face, the moral choices they make and the moral orientations they use. Analyses show that the moral dilemmas that both Malaysia and the Indonesia young adolescents identified were relational and context dependent.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of EducationUniversity of MalayaKuala LumpurMalaysia

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