Lawrence Kohlberg's Theory Of Moral Development

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Moral development is the process in which we distinguish what is right from wrong, our behavior patterns, attitudes, and etc.. Usually, when thinking of the word “development” we often think of children. However in this case, moral development derives from children to adults.. Moral development can impact your views and opinions with different types of topics. Views/opinions influences one 's behavior and attitude, whether it be towards others or just in general. Kohlberg’s theory of moral development gives a wider understanding of the true definition and meaning. With many different stages, his theory covers everything there is to know about moral development. Lawrence Kohlberg was born October 25, 1927 in Bronxville, New York. He was the …show more content…
Preconventional morality is usually based on the ages 8-10 years old, sometimes younger or older. At this age and level, the child does not have their own sense of morality but what is taught to them. Adults typically teach children what is right or wrong, or shape how they behave, and their attitude. Stage one under this level is, Obedience and Punishment Orientation. Children will behave in a good manner to avoid getting punished. While, children who behave in a “bad” manner will be punished for the actions. Though, they will follow the rules if put in place by a higher individual they may disobey the rules if there is a chance they can get away with it. The second stage is Individualism and Exchange. This stage is where children will start to recognize that some people have different points of views. They may even behave differently in front of different adults. Children will continue to identify what is right or wrong in the best interest for …show more content…
Kohlberg interviewed ages 10 to 16, where they have not been introduced to many adult-like problems. So when asked if they would steal drugs to save their mother, how were they supposed to answer? Being young, some of them may not yet have been introduced to actual real-life problems. His data was based on solely men. Which gives the sexist idea that men have strong justful moral while women are based on caring and compassion. Not all people follow the same levels and stages Kohlberg is set on. Some skip levels and stages and some just completly obtain their own morals individually and not through higher status or

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