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    Kohlber's Theory of Progressive Moral Reasoning

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    What is your opinion of Kohlberg's model? Is it accurate? Is it even a reasonable hypothesis?

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    Let's take a closer look. Also attached an information chapter discussing Kohlberg's theory, the stages and the criticisms, from which this response is drawn, and which expands on this response.

    1. What is your opinion of Kohlberg's model? Is it accurate? Is it even a reasonable hypothesis?

    It is a frequently cited model of progressive moral reasoning, and it has some validity as it has been tested empirically (it is not without criticism, like all theories, however). Kohlberg proposed this theory based on his experiment (Heinz dilemmas - see example below), who found that as children developed mentally (as proposed by Piaget), so did their moral development develop in qualitatively different ways at different stages. His theory is very linked to Piaget's theory of Cognitive development. Carol Gilligan proposed a moral theory of caring that she thinks is more representative of girls and women, as she argued that Kohlberg's theory is more male orientated.

    It is a stage theory, so it is linear, and argued that one stage follows the other, but this tradition has shown that when children are exposed to tasks that are up one level, they can progress to the next level of moral reasoning quicker. ...

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