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MODULE 8 Kohlberg’s Stages of Moral Development
“Right action tends to be defined in terms of general individual rights and standards that have been critically examined and agreed upon by the whole society.”-Lawrence Kohlberg
LAWRENCE KOHLBERGBorn on October 25, 1927, an American psychologist best known for his theory of stages of moral development.He served as a professor in the Psychology Department at the University of Chicago and at the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University.He was born wealthy but chose to be sailor and began to be interested in moral reasoning, extending Jean Piaget’s account of children’s moral development and John Dewey’s theory.
ABSTRACTION GENERALIZATIONKohlberg adapted Piaget’s work and set groundwork for the present debate within psychology on moral development.He believed that people progressed in their ability to reason morally through (6) six stages with (3) three levels largely by social interaction and our ability to choose right from wrong is tied with our ability to understand and reason logically.He found out that the process of attaining moral maturity is long and slow.He also believe that children form ways of thinking through experience (which include understanding of moral concepts such as Justice, Rights, Equality, and Human Welfare.)
TASK AND DILEMMASPiagetian tasks– specific task designed by Piaget in order to learn about the cognitive development of children.Kohlberg dilemmas– moral dilemmas utilized by Kohlberg. These dilemmas are represented to individuals in his research and asked for their responses. The main goal of this is not to judge whether the response in right or wrong but in analyzing the moral reasoning behind the responses.
Ryan 17, has been saving money to buy a ticket for this concert of rock band. His parents have discouraged him from going as the concert will surely be a rowdy crowd. The band is notorious for having out-of-control audience who somehow manages to get drunk and stoned during the concert. Ryan agreed not to watch anymore. But a day before the concert, Nic, 15-year-old brother of Ryan saw a concert ticket in the

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Jelly Clemente
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