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Kohlbergs Stages of Moral Development Kohlberg divides his stages of development into three categories – pre-conventional, conventional, and post-conventional.

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1 Kohlbergs Stages of Moral Development Kohlberg divides his stages of development into three categories – pre-conventional, conventional, and post-conventional. You may think of theses as below average, average, and above average. Kohlberg divides his stages of development into three categories – pre-conventional, pre-conventional, conventional, and post-conventional. post-conventional. You may think of theses as below average, average, average, and above average.

2 Kohlbergs Stages of Moral Development Reasoners judge the morality of an action by its direct consequences and are purely concerned with the self in an egocentric manner common in children – Reasoners judge the morality morality of an action by its direct consequences and are purely concerned with the self in an egocentric egocentric manner common in children children – Level 1 – Level 1–

3 Kohlbergs Stages of Moral Development L-1 Stage 1– You will sit in You will sit in time out for 15 time out for 15 minutes! minutes! How can I avoid punishment punishment? An action is perceived as morally wrong if the person who com- mits it is punished.

4 Kohlbergs Stages of Moral Development L-1 Stage 2– Whats in it for me me? – Shows a limited interest in the needs of others as in You scratch my back and Ill scratch yours.

5 Kohlbergs Stages of Moral Development Level 2– Reasoners behave conventionally, judging the morality morality of their own actions by comparing them to societal societal views and expectations. adolescents and adults adults –

6 L-2 Stage 3– The good boy/good girl attitude – A desire to maintain rules + intentions are more important than actions No ! No ! Im allergic! Kohlbergs Stages of Moral Development Its OK. She meant well. No ! No ! Im allergic!

7 L-2 Stage 4– Law and order morality – An obligation to uphold laws and rules seperating the good from the bad – if one person gets away with violating a rule, anyone could; society falls apart. Kohlbergs Stages of Moral Development

8 Kohlbergs Stages of Moral Development Level 3– Reasoners acknowledge that individuals individuals are separate entities from society, society, and their perspective should be viewed before before societys. morally mature adults adults –

9 L-3 Stage 5– Social contract orientation – Laws are contracts, not rigid dictums; those that do not promote the general welfare should be changed – the greatest good for the greatest number of people. Kohlbergs Stages of Moral Development

10 L-3 Stage 6– The Principled conscience – Based on abstract reasoning in which justice is the only deontic imperative; no- hing is hypothetical; actions are absolute – Imagine what you would do in the shoes of someone who was imagining what any principled person would do. Consensus! Kohlbergs Stages of Moral Development


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