Becoming Lawrence Kohlberg: Reflect On Moral Development

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1. Becoming Lawrence Kohlberg: Reflect on your learning of moral development and pretend that you are Lawrence Kohlberg when you answer the following questions.
a. What stage of moral development would Lawrence Kohlberg place Jenna in and what characteristics is she demonstrating that would lead him to place her in that stage? Would Lawrence Kohlberg believe that Jenna is demonstrating characteristics of the correct stage of moral development according to her age? Why or why not? Use support from the scenario.

I think Kohlberg would place Jenna in a level two, stage three category based on the given information. This stage is a “conventional morality also known as good boy, good girl orientation.” Kohlberg would come to this conclusion because in the scenario Jenna states, “She shouldn’t have given her friend answers to the quizzes, because cheating is wrong but she did it out of friendship. Her friend would have failed and she did not want her friend to dislike her; after all, friends are there to help each other!“ I think that this is a very classic stage three type of thing to say based on
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She is able to know that science is not the path she wants to go and is trying other outlets to figure the correct path. She’d have a no questions asked strong sense if she knew exactly what she wanted to do, but the stage that she is in, according to Erikson, gives her the questions of her sense of identity. The importance of a strong identity helps you get through the stages and gives you a clear path to take for the future. As a future teacher, number one I’d always have an open door policy to allow students to come seek guidance, but I’d also encouragingly give them chances within the classroom to express who they think they are as well. I think the combination of both is the best option in helping students develop their own personalities and become successful

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