• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Application of Kohlberg's Theory of Moral Development

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Application of Moral Development 1 Application of Kohlberg's Theory of Moral Development: A Situational Illustration Aleisha Green PSY/LDR 301 Adult Development and Life Assessment Dr. Natalie L. Petouhoff 1 November, 2004 App. of Moral Development 2 Application of Kohlberg's Theory of Moral Development: A Situational Illustration Lawrence Kohlberg, philosopher of morality, theorizes that human beings develop morals in stages, progressing consecutively from one stage to the next in an invariant sequence (Bee, 2004, p.314). His model consists of three levels and a total of six stages (Bee, 2004, p.314). These stages are extremely accurate, as well as useful, in understanding others' behavior and what motivates such behavior when applied to practical, real life situations. I have personally found this to be true as it has served as my beacon in the dark over the last two weeks or so while "testing the theory" in within my own life's circumstances and interactions with others. Having such an invaluable tool can give one the upper hand in dealing with and manipulating potentially unproductive situations from a moral standpoint. It is very important to acknowledge that all people are not necessarily at the same place and/or stage in their moral development. ...read more.

Middle

This did not make for any plausible nor productive results. It was over. All of my work (and late assignments to BPE) were in vain! Until one fine day, I met Kohlberg by way of Bee and Bjorkland. Upon learning about his theory, I came to a revelation: The ladies with whom I was previously upset were in fact NOT selfish and inconsiderate and slack after all! We were simply bound initially by a common interest, but the intensity in which we personally experienced that interest varied based upon our own current stage in our moral development. Wow! What an eye-opener, right? And it did just that. Because our designated leader was more or less "on sabbatical", if you will, I took the liberty of naming myself "acting captain" and re-dispersing the assigned tasks among the remaining members (to my best ability) according to Kohlberg's model. For example, as Bee suggests in Table 10.1 on p. 316, stage II consists of one acting according to his/her own best interests, na�ve hedonism. One of the younger ladies (around my age, actually) never really seemed to be as submerged in what we were trying to do as the rest of us, though she did complete the duties given to her, slowly. ...read more.

Conclusion

of Moral Development 6 horrid state, and what it will take to change it and to stress to potential non -voters that it is their duty and obligation to vote. Once this was pointed out to the rest of the group, it dawned on me that this would be considered stage V according to Kohlberg (Bee, 2004, p.317) and that the common bond among the majority of us was more than just our intensity, but our shared stage of moral development as well. Once this was discussed amongst us in detail, our attitudes simultaneously fell in sync, and we all agreed that regardless of the outcome of the presidential election, we are all content with our own personal sacrifice and contribution. Once again, Kohlberg's theory of moral development proves to be of great value when applied to real life situations, and can make the difference in settling for the given circumstances as opposed to changing them as well as improving them. All that is needed is for such a change to occur is a working knowledge and the presence of mind to apply this knowledge as a situation arises. Most importantly, if this practical application is utilized often enough, one could ultimately become empowered not only to make changes and improvements within specific situations, but within all aspects of their lives as well. App. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our University Degree Developmental Psychology section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related University Degree Developmental Psychology essays

  1. Psychological and Sociological Perspectives On Human Development and Behaviour.

    By around twelve years, the child will be grasping at the fact they can now add, take away, multiply and divide. When the child reaches eleven they can usually tell the time and write long sentences; they will start to notice that time is very important.

  2. A qualitative study exploring how adult perceptions of significant others in their lives have ...

    ASSAN: I come from a large family compared to what you might consider here. There was nine of us, five brothers, four sisters and I'm the youngest CS. My brother was the eldest. He was a ... in some respects similar to father figure in that he was quite a

  1. Jean Piaget's Theory of Development

    of different cognitive tasks; and about possible strategies that can be applied to cognitive activities (Flavell, 1999). * Theory-of-mind development, 1980s to present. Theory-of-mind development investigates children's knowledge about an individual's most basic mental states-desires, perceptions, beliefs, knowledge, thoughts, intentions, feelings, etc.

  2. Theories of Human Development and Learning

    Piaget argued that at each stage people develop ways of thinking about ideas and objects. Learning is accomplished by processes of organization and adaption. Berger (1998, p.43) states the four stages to the cognitive theory. 'Birth to age 2 in which infants use their senses and motor skills to understand

  1. Self-Report Measurement of Adult Attachment: An Integrative Overview.

    loneliness, confidence in self and partner, defensiveness, disclosure, fear of rejection, jealousy/fear of abandonment, feared loss, proximity-seeking, self-reliance, viewing relationships as secondary, and romantic obsession. Subjects were asked to rate all 323 items on a 7-point scale ranging from "not at all like me" to "very much like me," a task requiring approximately 60 minutes.

  2. Psychology was a branch of philosophy before it broke away into a distinctive discipline ...

    Furthermore, he believed that the child would adopt their parents' moral principles which then lead to the development of the superego. However, if the individual fails to successfully complete this stage, Freud argued that they develop a week superego as well as being fixated to their opposite sex parent.

  1. What is punishment, and does it really work?

    The right form of punishment has to be used and applied with the right degree in order to achieve the desired result to eliminate the unwanted behaviour. The effectiveness of punishment depends on its ability to reduce and ultimately remove the unwanted behaviour.

  2. Child Development - Babies perception of human faces

    ?CONLERN? is responsible for the specific learning of the visual characteristics of faces; a more advanced learning which would enable recognition. Support of ?CONSPEC? and ?CONLERN? comes from earlier experiments in which newborns showed preferential tracking of schematic faces as opposed to scrambled faces (Goren, Sarty, & Wu, (1975); Johnson,

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work