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Can we Predict Moral Behaviour? It is Kohlberg's stage theory of moral development which is most It is Kohlberg's stage theory of moral development which is most
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Can we Predict Moral Behaviour?
It is Kohlberg's stage theory of moral development which is most
widely used and well known, yet it is not the content, or order of the
stages which causes controversy, it is whether or not stage theories
for moral development, in particular Kohlberg's can predict moral
behaviour. Kohlberg tested levels of morality by testing responses to
hypothetical moral dilemma based on ten moral principles; this is
following a semi-structured interview. Kohlberg has relied upon face
validity, longitudinal change and internal consistency as the main
ground for claiming the validity of his assessment procedures. The
problem with the dilemmas is that they were contrived, artificial and
out of the natural lives of the subjects Han (1978, as cited by
McNall). It had been found that compatibility between hypothetical and
real-life dilemmas to be inconsistent and the evidence sparse although
Damon (1977) found comparability.
It has caused fierce debate whether the reactions to questions in the
Kohlberg scale can be replicated in a real-world situation. It is also
debateable as to the extent of which development of morality is simply
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