Kohlberg’s Stages of Moral Development
Kohlberg’s “Stages of Moral Development” is a very broad explanation of his take on moral development of people through different stages of their lives. The developmental road map is laid out and grouped a couple different ways. It is a three tier, six stage, moral development scale that groups certain rationales together based upon mental ways of thinking during maturation.
Level one is titled “Preconventional Morality” and the stages contained within it are Stage I “Obedience and Punishment” and Stage II “Individualism and Exchange”. This level, according to Kohlberg, is the time in which children are learning to think for themselves and make decisions based upon how actions will benefit them and whether those actions will result in a punishment. I ...view middle of the document...
Level three is titled “Postconventional Morality” and it’s stages are Stage 5 “Social Contract and Individual Rights” and Stage 6 “Universal Principles”. It is easiest to summarize this stage by saying that individual motives are generally replaced by thinking of the common good and the outcomes of such thinking. By this stage of development people are tyipically concerned with the greater good and not necessarily concerned by individualism, but prefer quorums and group decisions that benefit all.
If I had to place myself into a category based solely upon the video I would most likely place myself within a given level and stage it would most likely be a two answer approach because there is a professional answer which is Level Three, Stage Six and a personal placement of Level Two, Stage Four. I make those placements because professionally, I am placed in a leadership position which directly impacts other leaders. I generally think of the common good, have foresight with any decision, a try to lead by making democratic decisions. On the home front, however, I am placing my developmental level where it is at based solely upon my children. They have got to be dealt with at their level and it is very much my way or the highway. Not to mention their ability to understand a decision that is made to benefit everyone is nearly impossible.
Watching and learning a little about this theory has me laughing inside because I have tried to interpret the stages based upon how my kids are coming along and I think that Kohlberg was right on the money.
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