The Theory Of Child Development

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Lawrence Kohlberg was a developmental theorist who is best known for his specific and detailed theory of child development. Kohlberg believed that there were six stages of child development. He divided those stages into three levels of development. Level one; pre-conventional morality, a child doesn’t have a personal code of mortality and instead, their moral code is shaped by the standards of adults and the consequences of following or breaking of adult rules. Level two; conventional morality, adolescents and adults begin to internalize the moral standards of valued adult role models. Lastly level three; post conventional morality, an Individuals judgment is based on self-chosen principles and moral reasoning is based on individual’s rights and justice. Level one consists of stages one and two. In stage one obedience and punishment orientation occur. The individual is well behaved because he doesn’t want to be punished and if he is punished then he knows he must have done something wrong. In stage two individualism and exchange occur. The individual knows that there is more than one interpretation and perception of what is right from a high authority and that different authority has different sense of right. Stages three and four make up level two. Good interpersonal relationships make up stage three. The individual is well behaved because he wants to be seen as a good person by others because he needs the approval of others. Stage four is maintaining the social…

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