Kaylee Georgeoff’s Moral Development According to Lawrence Kohlberg

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Lawrence Kohlberg developed a system for analyzing a person’s levels and stages of moral development. Moral development questions how individuals reason with themselves when making moral decisions. Kohlberg developed three levels of moral development: preconventional, conventional and postconventional levels. Each level is broken into subcategories including: stage 1: punishment and obedience, stage 2: mutual benefit, stage 3: interpersonal expectations, stage 4: law and order, stage 5: legal principles and stage 6: universal moral principals. There is known to be a positive correlation with an increase in age and increase in moral development in Kohlberg’s studies, because of this I believe I am in the conventional level in stage four: …show more content…
Lawrence Kohlberg developed a system for analyzing a person’s levels and stages of moral development. Moral development questions how individuals reason with themselves when making moral decisions. Kohlberg developed three levels of moral development: preconventional, conventional and postconventional levels. Each level is broken into subcategories including: stage 1: punishment and obedience, stage 2: mutual benefit, stage 3: interpersonal expectations, stage 4: law and order, stage 5: legal principles and stage 6: universal moral principals. There is known to be a positive correlation with an increase in age and increase in moral development in Kohlberg’s studies, because of this I believe I am in the conventional level in stage four: law and order.

The preconventional level is the first stage of moral development and is expressed easily in children. During this stage children obey rules to avoid punishment and think rules are “set in stone”.

I know I am past the preconventional level of development because I understand that rules can be altered or changed. I also understand that rules are, usually, made to help keep me safe; they are not obeyed to avoid being punished.

The postconventional level is the last stage of moral development. Since there is a positive correlation with the increase in development and increase in levels, I don’t think I have reached this stage yet. During this stage, people see rules don’t always have a positive effect on everyone (just
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