KOHLBERG’S MORAL DEVELOPMENT EVALUATION2Lawrence Kohlberg based his theory of moral development on a psychological theory that was originally born from the mind of Jean Piaget. He took most of his academic life to develop this theory. The paragraphs that follow will discuss three contributions that help to explain how one understands moral development and three limitations that Kohlberg’s theory. Finally, a discussion of who Carol Gilligan is and the research she had done regarding the possibility of gender differences in moral reasoning. One can define moral development as a point when children learn the right thing to do from the wrong thing to do. This is the moment a child will take what they have learned to come to the right decision when they must make a choice that is complicated (Oswalt, 2010). Upon reaching this decision, one must have the strength and independence to follow through with the decision even though it might not feel like the convenient thing to do (Oswalt, 2010). Professor Lawrence Kohlberg taught for many years at Harvard University it was not until the 1970s when he became famous. Kohlberg’s studies began with the developmental psychologist and from there he went to study moral education. Kohlberg is well known for his contribution to moral development theory. Many of his insights on this theory came about through the ideas of psychologist such as Jean Piaget, James Baldwin, and philosopher John Dewey. The reason it did is that each of these men felt that we develop psychologically and philosophically in a progressive fashion. Kohlberg believed individuals progress in their moral reasoning through various stages and he could demonstrate this for us through his studies. Kohlberg theory can be broken down into three levels which have six identifiable stages.