Kohlberg's Stages of Moral Development


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A child not stealing a cookie for fear of being punished is in _____ of moral development.

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1. A child hiding a cookie so he doesn't have to share it with the other kids is in _____ of moral development.

2. A child who shares her lunch snack with a classmate she wants to make friends with is in _____ of moral development.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Lawrence Kohlberg's theory of moral development is made up of multiple levels that involve an individual's judgment of right and wrong. The following practice questions will challenge you to assess examples that illustrate Kohlberg's stages and determine the stages they represent.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You'll be asked to identify Kohlberg's stages by connecting them with the following illustrative examples:

  • Not stealing a cookie due to a fear of punishment
  • Hiding a cookie so a child won't have to share it with anyone else
  • Sharing lunch with a classmate who forgot one
  • Refusing to help a classmate cheat
  • Breaking a law one perceives as unjust

Skills Practiced

Skills practiced with this quiz include:

  • Reading comprehension - make sure you draw the most important information from the related lesson on Kohlberg's stages of moral development about the features of each stage
  • Making connections - assess illustrative examples of Kohlberg's stages and connect them to their respective stages
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding which stage is associated with a fear of punishment

Additional Learning

To gain a more comprehensive understanding of these stages, watch the related lesson named Kohlberg's Stages of Moral Development. The lesson goes over the following objectives:

  • Define the three levels of moral development and break down each level's steps
  • Understand that many adults do not reach the final level of moral development
  • Learn about Carol Gilligan's criticism of Kohlberg's stages