Analyzing Lawrence Kohlberg's Theory Of Moral Development

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Theorist Information (Name & Year)-
Lawrence Kohlberg
Theory Overview-
Lawrence Kohlberg used Piaget’s theory of moral development to expand these principles to understand distinct levels of moral reasoning in stages based upon cognitive abilities.
Aspect of Lifespan Development (Module Focus)-
Moral development
Theory Components –
Pre-conventional morality
• Obedience and punishment orientation
• Individualism and exchange
Conventional morality
• Good interpersonal relationships
• Maintaining the social order
Post-conventional morality
• Social contract and individual rights
• Universal principles (McLeod, 2013)
Process (Expansion of Theory Components)-
Kohlberg proposes that each of the stages of moral development occur in
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Kohlberg’s research highlighted the importance of teaching students how to critically think their way through a moral dilemma (Newton, 1978). Teaching students how to problem solve ethical choices in daily classroom lessons is essential to creating morally adept individuals in …show more content…
My moral choices have always been based upon care of others and not rules or justice.
Self-Study: Application to Specific Part of the Lifespan-
My development most impacted by Kohlberg’s theory of moral development would be from ages 6 to 10 as I deeply cared about others regard for me and sought their approval through my decision-making.
Self-Study: Factors that Affect Normal Development-
I did not fully understand that adults could have varying viewpoints of right and wrong during much of my childhood, as most of the adults in my life held similar views and reactions.

Self-Study: Where Am I Now? –
According to Kohlberg, I am in the post-conventional stage of moral development and have become fully adept and understanding morality based upon j=rights and justice. Moreover, I clearly see that the laws do not always favor an individuals best interest and understand that sometimes the best interest of an individual is to go against the socially accepted viewpoint.
Self-Study: Where Am I Going?

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