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Hypothetical stories and stage of moral development

Lawrence Kohlberg used hypothetical stories, such as the story of Heinz, identify the stages in the development of moral judgment His stages were not based on the moral decision made, but on the reasoning process used to make the decision. Using this same approach, develop a case study of a moral dilemma likely to be faced by an individual in middle childhood. The moral dilemma can be fictional or non-fictional.
In your case study, describe how both Kohlberg and Piaget would describe the stage of moral development of the child in your case study. According to these theorists, is the child at an age appropriate stage?
If you answered yes to this question, what behavior is the child exhibiting that would lead you to this conclusion?
Is the answer is no what stage better fits this child?

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I am listing a few ideas for you to consider, for your moral dilemma selection.

A fourth grade boy knows about the classroom rules, which were mutually determined by the class and teacher. He has broken rule number three about a dozen times but has yet to be caught. By stealing valuable stones, molded into the building foundation, "I respect school property," has been violated. His deceased relative was one that was involved with the construction of the building and word in the family is that the stones were stolen from the family and that really bothers him. When nobody is looking, he removes and takes stones home about once a week and stores them under his bed. ...

Solution Summary

Kolhberg's final level of moral reasoning, along with interpersonal relationships and universal principals are a few of the areas discussed.