Sora Klopfenstein
& Celeste Mays
 He
is currently a professor at University of
California Berkeley Graduate School of
 Doctorate at Yale University in Psychology.
 Specialization / Interests
• Adolescence Cognitive Development
• Moral and Ethical Studies
• Social and Emotional Development
 Kohlberg’s
theory: preconventional,
conventional, and post conventional
 Piaget’s theory is based on the
moral development based on stages
through life
 Elliot’s ideas branch off of
Kohlberg’s and Piaget’s framework
• morality and social convention are
separate rather than the same entity.
Kids associate behavior through experiences;
whether or not they will be punished.
Moral rules
• rules people follow because the decisions that an
individual makes affects others; maintaining human
Conventional rules
• Societal rule (standing in line, when to be quiet)
Cultures around the world hold similar basic
morals, but different conventional
 Base
on universal features of human moral
 Moral education should guide the students to
build up the correct outlook of the world, life and
evaluation, consistently improve their socialistic
consciousness so as to lay a solid foundation for
them to become a rising generation having lofty
ideas, moral integrity, knowledge and culture
 Most
domain theory
research didn’t take into
account the children’s
difficulty in evaluating
 Some cultures don’t
distinguish between manners
and morals
Elliot Turiel
Cognition and Development
Office: 4317 Tolman
Phone: (510) 642-7972
Email: turiel at
Staff Contact: Caron Williams
Office: 4511 Tolman Hall
Phone: (510) 642-4202
Email: caronw at
 His
most recent books include: The Culture of
Morality: Social Development, Context, and Conflict, Cambridge
University Press (2002), and Social Development, Social,
Inequalities, and Social Justice (edited with C. Wainryb and J.
Smetana, Erlbaum Publishers, 2007). His many other
publications include "The Development of Morality" in
Handbook of Child Psychology (2006); "Thought, Emotions,
and Social Interactional Processes in Moral Development" in
Handbook of Moral Development; and "To Lie or not to Lie: To
Whom and Under what Circumstances" in Child Development
(with S. Perkins, 2007).

Elliot Turiel - Foundations of Schooling