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Moral development is the way an individuals moral sense changes from infancy to adulthood The way an individual reasons during childhood is not the same as when he is an adult According to Piaget ones moral sense develops by the encounters faced with the environment As a whole each experience one has with the outside world will shape their moral development Moral judgment is focused on the stages of growth an individual goes through before they reach their ultimate moral sense Piagets research portrays younger children ten and younger to be less morally developed because their judgment primarily focuses on the action Conversely older children ten and above base their judgments on the intention behind the action The younger children will pay more attention to the bad thing that was done even though it may have been for a good cause Moral judgment breaks down an individuals thought process into various stages by evaluating the responses that were given This paper will discuss Kohlbergs levels of moral development and summarize the results from the interview and assess how useful the interview was for measuring morality Kohlberg used Piagets research as a starting point but saw that it was unfinished and continued to interview more children until he came up with six stages of reasoning Kohlberg looked up to Piaget and his research but found that more could be added Piaget only had two stages one for children younger than ten and another for children above ten years old Kohlberg reasoned that children continue to grow intellectually at least until the age of sixteen so that must mean they continue to grow morally as well With this idea in mind he studied even younger children and older children and discovered more stages that could describe older childrens level of reasoning The first stage involves children respecting power and punishment They see rules and laws as fixed and never changing They believe if a rule is broken
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