Gilligan's Moral Development Analysis
Reflecing on my intellectual development, as well as my journey to self-authorship, in regard to my educational journey, I have found that the theories that resonated the most for me were Gilligan’s Theory of Moral Development and Baxter Magolda’s Theory of Self-Authorship. In order to describe the ways in which these theories related to these educational development milestones in my life, I will first give a brief description of each theory and then I will describe instances where I believe these theories applied and why.
Gilligan’s Theory of Women’s Moral Development The most important aspect of Gilligan’s Theory of Women’s Moral Development is that she believes that when women make moral decisions, they not only take into account their own self-care, but the …show more content…
Much like the description in the text of Gilligan’s “Goodness as Self-Sacrifice” level, in high school I often felt the need to please my dad and do better in order to get into a college that he felt was good enough. I would dread the time when my progress reports had more B’s than A’s, because I knew that my dad was going to worry about my college options. While I was afraid of my disappointment from my dad, I never told him this directly, which is exactly how Gilligan describes this stage. I was putting another’s care before mine in order to be accepted.
Baxter Magolda’s following formulas. Baxter Magolda’s “Following Formulas” phase also relates to my experience with my dad directing my future after high school. As I mentioned previously, I wanted the approval of my dad and that meant listening to advice on how I should navigate high school. As Patton et al. (2016) describe, “Parents, significant others, and mentors are particularly influential” in this stage (p. 367). This was certainly the case for me.