Lawrence Kohlberg Theory of Moral Development

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					    Lawrence Kohlberg:
Theory of Moral Development

       By: Gabby Ramirez
          Lawrence Kohlberg

Born October 25, 1927, in Bronxville, New
He studied psychology at the University of
 Chicago in the late 1940s and 1950s
He completed school in 1958
He died in 1987 of a possible suicide, know
 one knowing the exact date.
             The Theory

Developed the theory of moral
He says as children develop of
 identity and self awareness they also
 develop a scenes of they also
 develop a scenes of morality.
   Levels and Stages of the Theory
Level One: Pre-conventional Morality
        Stage One: Obedience and Punishment Orientation
        Stage Two: Individualism and Exchange
Level Two: Conventional Morality
      Stage Three: Good Interpersonal Relationships
      Stage Four: Maintaining the Social Order
Level Three: Post-Conventional Morality
       Stage Five: Social Contract and Individual Rights
      Stage Six: Universal Principles.
       Obedience and Punishment
Children obey because the adults around
 them tell them to.
They Base there moral decision on fear to get
They don’t speak for themselves they, listen to
 the “Big People” around them.
    Individualism and Exchange

Individuals follow what they want to do and
 expect everyone to do the same as well.
What they think is right involves equal
“What’s In it for me?”
“You scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours”
 Good interpersonal relationships

 Good boy/ Nice girl stage.
 Wishing to please others.
 This stage value trust, caring, and loyalty to others
  for moral judgments.
 How other people see them matters.
 They avoid blame and seeking approval.
 “Will people I like approve or disapprove of me?”
    Maintaining the Social Order

 Moral judgments are based on social law.
 What is important for them to do the law right.
 They obey authority because they want to do what
  is right.
 Rules should be followed to maintain social order.
 Is my decision consistent with the rules?
 Social Contract and Individual Rights

They compare the different beliefs of other’s,
 there beliefs and the law and compare them.
Laws get in conflicts with moral principals.
Not just about the rules.
Is my decision consistent with general legal,
 cultural, and social traditions.
         Universal Principles

Many people don’t get to this stage.
Look in one another's eyes.
Looks in god’s eyes
Generally what would got want me to do in
 this situation?
     How can teachers use this?

Teachers will know what stage there student
 is in.
They wont be worried about how do I know
 what this kid thinks.
They would know how the kid thinks and
 how they see things.
A paper made by Lawrence Kohlberg

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