Year of Publication


Season of Publication


Paper Type

Master's Thesis


College of Education and Human Services

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)



First Advisor

Dr. David Jacobsen

Second Advisor

Dr. Lynne Schwab

Third Advisor

Dr. Paul Eggen


This study sought to determine the current status of the nuclear armament/disarmament issue as a topic for the moral decision-making model in secondary social studies curriculums and to establish guidelines for its inclusion in future lessons. A review of the relevant literature provided the basis for a questionnaire mailed to four hundred, randomly selected social studies department chairpersons. Their attitudes regarding the legitimacy of the topic and methods employed in instructional lessons were addressed. Survey results were categorized according to respondents' incorporation of the topic into their curriculum and whether they taught in public or private institutions. A majority of the respondents indicated they taught lessons regarding nuclear disarmament and employed at least a portion of the commonly accepted steps of the decision-making model. The related literature and questionnaire results suggested certain recommendations for the development of effective units of instruction in this area.