Lawrence Kohlberg 's Levels Of Morality

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Running head: LAWRENCE KHOLBERG’S LEVELS OF MORALITY

Lawrence Kohlberg’s Levels of Morality

And How We Can Relate Ourselves to his Theory

Sarah Blasco

Tri-County Technical College

LAWRENCE KOHLBERG’S LEVELS OF MORALITY

Abstract

This purpose of this is to describe Kohlberg’s theory of morality in detail; I will describe each level that pertains to this theory and how they have affected me personally. Lawrence Kohlberg theory of moral development is divided into three different levels; the first level is the preconventional level followed by the conventional level, and then the postconventonal level. Within each of these levels, each level contains two different stages, resulting in six stages in all. Kohlberg’s was influenced by Jean Piaget’s theory, his theory focused on cognitive development, but he was motivated Piaget ‘s theory that described how a child develops moral understanding. It encouraged Kohlberg to research deeper and develop his theory of moral development more in depth. For Kohlberg’s research, he decided to use the interviewing technique using moral dilemmas. Kohlberg used several different techniques for his research strategies, but he had one famous dilemma, known as the “Heinz dilemma”, also defined as, pits the value of obeying the law (not stealing) against the value of human life (saving a dying person)” (Berk, 2014 pg. 323).

Keywords: moral dilemmas, Heinz dilemma, preconventional, conventional,
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