ERIC Number: ED223514
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Dec
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Invariant Sequence and Internal Consistency in Moral Judgment Stages.
Colby, Anne; Kohlberg, Lawrence
A 20-year study to monitor moral developmental stages is summarized with a focus on the invariant sequence and internal consistency of each stage. It is theorized that an individual passes through several stages in attaining moral judgment. As children grow older, they are able to integrate diverse points of view on a moral conflict. Each stage presupposes understanding gained at previous stages. This analysis of the stage employs a new scoring method, Standard Issue Scoring, based on a redefinition of the stages from a sociomoral perspective. Fifty males were interviewed in 3- to 4-year intervals; variables included age, social class, and sociometric status. Results indicated that the instrument is highly reliable. The two criteria for judging validity were invariance of stage sequence (stages were not skipped nor did individuals regress from a higher to a lower stage). Also, individuals within each stage demonstrated internal consistency; that is, their judgment was consistent throughout several moral issues or dilemmas. The data supported the validity of both of these measures. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Authoring Institution: Harvard Univ., Cambridge, MA. Graduate School of Education.