There are many educational theorists and they have many theories on education. One of those theorists is Lawrence Kohlberg and his theory on moral development. Lawrence Kohlberg was a very well known developmental psychologist. He modified and expanded on the moral development theory of Jean Piaget. His theory was one of the most well known theories in moral development and education. Moral development is one topic that is a major interest in both education and psychology. Lawrence Kohlberg was a theorist that is known for his theory, its relevance in education, and its use in the classroom.
The theory of Lawrence Kohlberg was that the moral development of humans occurred in six stages. According to the author of Conscience, “He theorized that people had to go through the stages of development in order, and that most moral development came from social interactions with other people”,(World of heath,1). This statement says that people must go through the six stages of moral development in order. His theory of moral development has six stages and those six stages are in 3 levels. The first level is called pre-conventional morality and it has the first and second of development in it. The first level usually applies to children ages four through ten years old. The first stage is called Obedience and punishment. In this stage a child will act with good behavior and good moral in order to avoid being punished. The second stage is called the Instrumental-Relativist stage. In this stage the moral judgment of a child is determined by the wants and needs of the child. They will act according to want they want and need at the time and not worry about the needs of the future. The second level called Conventional morality contains the next two stages of development. The second level applies to the pre-teen age through the adult age. The third stage of development is called the Good boy/nice girl stage. The child will be motivated to be accepted and will also try to...
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