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Moral Development

Developmental Psychology Terms and Definitions (Moral)

Lawrence Kohlberg studied moral development; discontinuous
Preconventional level (stage 1) doing the right thing to avoid punishment
Preconventional level (stage 2) doing the right thing to further self-interests
Preconventional level age 2-7 yrs; preoperational stage of cognitive development
Conventional level (stage 3) follow rules to live up to the expectations of others
Conventional level (stage 4) follow rules to maintain "law and order" and do their duty
Conventional level age 7-12 yrs; concrete operational stage of cognitive development
Postconventional level (stage 5) evidence a social contract orientation that promotes the society's welfare
Postconventional level (stage 6) evidence an ethical principle orientation that promotes justice and avoids self-condemnation
Postconventional level age 12+ yrs; formal operational stage of cognitive development
Carol Gilligan found that women follow an ethic of care rather than an ethic of justice
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