Kohlberg's Theory

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Kohlberg’s Theory PSYCH 600 November 4, 2013 Dr. Judy Pendleton Kohlberg’s Theory of Moral Development Moral development is a topic that has been researched for many years. It is an interesting topic in psychology as well as education itself. Moral development is the formation of a system of underlying assumptions about standards and principles that govern moral decisions, ("Moral Development-Stages Of Moral Development," 2013). Lawrence Kohlberg who developed his theory based on another psychologist’s theory Jean Piaget developed the best theory of understanding moral development. Moral development is the process of making decisions based on what is right or wrong. Each person’s values vary because the values of individuals are personal assumptions about what he or she believes is morally correct or wrong. Summarized in this paper is an explanation of Kohlberg’s Theory of Moral Development. Analyzed in the paper will be three contributions that Kohlberg made to individuals understanding of moral development. Also will be explained the three limitations of Kohlberg’s theory. Last, a summary of Carol Gilligan and what her research says about possible gender differences in moral reasoning. Kohlberg’s Theory of Moral Development In the 1950s psychologist Lawrence Kohlberg developed a theory focusing on moral development. His theory was based upon the theory of Jean Piaget, which focused on cognitive reasoning. Kohlberg completed a research by interviewing children and asking them questions regarding moral dilemmas. His theory was developed based on the answers that the children provided during the research study. Moral development is an individuals understanding of moral behavior, which involves ones moral judgment of what is correct and what is wrong. Kohlberg created six stages in which he believes the thought process
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