Sample Case Analysis #3

Kohlberg decided to take this type of thinking even

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Unformatted text preview: y believe, are absolute and “are handed down by adults or by God,” (Crain). The 2 second group, including all children older than 11 years of age, believes that rules are negotiable, if all parties are willing and the circumstances allow. Kohlberg decided to take this type of thinking even further. Doing so, “he uncovered six stages, only the first three of which share many features with Piaget’s stages,” (Crain). These six stages (seven if you count stage zero, which was developed at a later date) are phases that people go through to become further morally developed and can be analogized to the stages that children progress through in order to learn intellectually. The first stages (stages 0 through 2) are pre ­ conventional; that is, people exhibiting moral behavior in these phases are classified as ethically immature or underdeveloped. Subsequently, stages 3 and 4 exhibit conventional morality, or what is morally expected of a person or group; stages 5 and 6 are, understandably then, post ­conventional, with people who are classified as unusually developed morally. In the case “What Price Safety?”, Tommy, the worker who refused to wear his protective goggles, was operating at a stage one, if he were to be classified by Kohlberg’s taxonomy. His sheer refusal to comply with safety regu...
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