ERIC Number: ED191599
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
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Moral Judgment and the Cognitive-Developmental Approach to Socialization.
Faherty, John K.
This paper discusses developmental theories of morality exemplified by the writings of Piaget and Kohlberg which emphasize cognitive processes in moral judgment. Aspects of Piaget's and Kohlberg's theories are summarized, with particular attention to the stage concept and the role of intention in moral judgment. Relevant criticisms of the cognitive-developmental approach are reviewed. The paper also comments on the issues of the role of social and cultural influences, the role of child-rearing techniques and parental role modeling on moral development, and the effectiveness of educational interventions in fostering moral development. It is concluded that the major contributions of the cognitive-developmental theorists have been, for the most part, conceptual and theoretical; that these writers have pointed to the importance of factors of cognition in effect during the course of development, and to the common foundations of the morally mature orientation to life. (Author/SS)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Identifiers: Kohlberg (Lawrence); Piagetian Theory