Conventional Morality Stage

Kohlberg`s Theory applied to 6-10 year old children

About Kohlberg

Kohlberg, who was born in 1927, grew up in Bronxville, New York, and attended the Andover Academy in Massachusetts, a private high school for bright and usually wealthy students. He did not go immediately to college, but instead went to help the Israeli cause, in which he was made the Second Engineer on an old freighter carrying refugees from parts of Europe to Israel. After this, in 1948, he enrolled at the University of Chicago, where he scored so high on admission tests that he had to take only a few courses to earn his bachelor's degree. This he did in one year. He stayed on at Chicago for graduate work in psychology, at first thinking he would become a clinical psychologist. However, he soon became interested in Piaget and began interviewing children and adolescents on moral issues.

Theory of moral development

The conventional morality stage is the second level in Kohlberg`s moral development theory, following the stage of pre-conventional morality and exceeding the stage of post-conventional morality. Kohlberg`s theory outlined three stages and six stages. For him moral development occurred the whole life, until the day we die.

How can I, as a parent, benefit from this theory?

With the help of this theory, the parent should know that during this time, their child will want to please them. Parents should recognize that and tell their children when they did something good and praise them.Within stage three, parents should help their children recognize at least some social norms. But the parents should also know that they are only just know learning that, so they have to be patient.