Examples Of Kohlberg's 6 Stages Of Moral Development

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LAPIRA, MA. LOURDES S. EEE HW 4TE2 09/06/17 Q: What are Kohlberg’s 6 stages of moral development? Give one general example and business related example for each. The six (6) stages of Moral Development according to Lawrence Kohlberg can be divided into 3 levels namely: (a) Pre-moral or Pre-conventional, (b) Conventional Morality, and (c) Post-conventional or Principled Morality. Each level contains two of the six stages of moral development. LEVEL 1: Pre-moral or Pre-conventional Stages: The focus of this stage is one’s self; it is usually…show more content…
People act to gain approval of others or the society. Good behaviour is that which pleases or helps others within the group. The observance of “common sense” is seen as natural for people in this stage. One can earn approval by being conventionally "respectable" and "nice". Values are based in conformity and ones loyalty to group. Sin is a breach of the expectations of one's immediate social order. At this stage is retribution is collective, wherein individual vengeance is not allowed. Forgiving another person is preferable than that of revenge. Punishment is done to deter another person; failure to punish another for their sin is considered "unfair." The thought of "If he can get away with it, why can't I?" can be associated with this…show more content…
• Business Example: When a worker only does his desk job of filling and typing when the boss is watching him work. STAGE 4: Law And Order (Societal Conformity): The Good Citizen This stage discusses and contains information on how one should have respect for fixed rules, laws and authority. In the fourth stage, a person’s responsibility toward the welfare of others in the society is discussed. "Justice" is normally referred to as criminal justice. It demands the wrong person to be punished or for him to "pay his debt to society," and that law abiders be rewarded. Injustice is failing to reward work or punish demerit. A person who shows the right kind of behaviour consists of maintaining the social order for its own sake. Self-sacrifice to larger social order is expected. Authority is seldom questioned because of the people’s mind set of: "He must be right. He's the Pope (or the President, or the Judge, or God)." In this stage, consistency must be maintained. For most adults, this is the highest stage they will attain. Questions to ask: What if everyone did that? • Example: When a smaller kid sees another kid, who is bigger than him, pulling pages off a book and copies
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