Kohlberg 's Theory Of Moral Development

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Moral development is defined as the aspect of a person’s overall development that will occur over the course of the person’s lifetime. There have been a number of theories that describe how and when moral development occurs in individuals; however, a theory that has become well known and widely accepted in schools, colleges and as well as psychology would have to be Lawrence Kohlberg’s Theory of Moral Development. Kohlberg’s model, a stage theory, explains the various stages people encounter in a lifetime. The theory itself and how it was developed, the connections to growth of the children, and how the theory can be applied in the classroom. Lawrence Kohlberg Theory of Moral Development Lawrence Kohlberg based his theory off of some Piaget story telling ideas with putting some moral dilemmas. With each case he presented the reader a choice that would involve authority misusing their power or a civilian being treated unfairly by society. McLeod establishes that, “By studying the answers from children of different ages to these questions Kohlberg…He identified three distinct levels of moral reasoning each with two sub stages” (2011). People can only pass through these level one at a time and in order. Each level will replace the moral reasoning of the previous level. Not everybody will achieve all levels. Kohlberg, “explains that individuals may move through the stages at varying speeds, and may be half in and half out of a particular stage” (International Centre Educators
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