Lawrence Kohlberg questioned why children differed in their ethical judgements. They think more in terms of black and white, or egocentric, or rational.
In an experiment, Kohlberg gave children open-ended questions to explain their answers. From this, he identified three stages of moral development:
Lawrence Kohlberg's three stages of developmental progression from early infancy to adulthood maps almost perfectly onto Jean Piaget's psychology of child development.
What is important to note is that these stages also describe adults. Some people never get mature and may have no real moral compass (sometimes associated with psychopathy.) Then we all know people who are bound to the conventional stage where their image is most important. Those who don't develop past this stage are rigid in following the rules or the law.
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