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1Kohlberg's Moral DevelopmentVictor Rosales, Keisha Edwards, Rosalinda LittlejohnPSYCH/600February 19, 2018Rollo Jones
2Kohlberg's Moral DevelopmentIntroductionAs we get older we start to use moral development or moral reasoning in ways that we never did before and we use it in more ways than a younger individual would. Moral development does play a big part in how we are able to interact with others on a more social level. This paper will touch on how Lawrence Kohlberg’s stages of moral development theory, what contributions that was made to our understanding of moral development, what are three limitations of Kohlberg’s theory and Carol Gilligan’s gender differences in moral reasoning. Kohlberg’s Theory of Moral DevelopmentKohlberg’s recommends that individuals pass through 3 stages of moral development. Pre-conventional is where morality is determined by what the individual has reinforced to them. Conventional is where morality is determined by what the individual learns about society and rules of movements. Lastly, Post-conventional is where an individual develops their own morality through cognitive. But there are many causes in that depending on a person’s situation folks to go through the 3 stages of development. Three Contributions of Moral DevelopmentKohlberg’s theory states about steps of development ‘’Pre-conventional level’’ step one ‘’punishment and obedience’’ tells about the physical imports of action determine its goodness orbadness. In Step two ‘’instrumental relativist orientation’’ says about individuals adopts directions and will sometimes subordinate own needs to those of the group which in this step behavior is driven by self-interest. For example, ‘’help me ill help you’’ it’s a faze most
3individuals would use because it would benefit both of them. Conventional stage ‘’good boy- good girl’’ orientation states about good conduct is whatever pleases or helps others and is accepted by them. In step four is ‘’Law & order’’ orientation which folks define own values in

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