Do Now: Overview- Kohlberg's Theory of Moral Development


Psychology: Kohlberg’s Theory of Moral Development

Grade Level: Multi Subject: Psychology Prepared By: L. Korpics Do Now: Overview-

Kohlberg’s Theory of Moral Development determines that there is a hierarchy of cognitive development that determines your moral values by age.

Education Standards Addressed

APA (American Psychological Association)

Standards for High School Psychology Curricula


FOCUS Teacher Objectives Student Guide

“Read Handout – Heinz Stealing the Drug” –

Should Heinz Steal the Drug?


Explain Kohlberg’s Theory of Moral Development. Identify: Level 1 – preconventional, Level 2- Conventional, Level 3 – Conformity, Level 3 Post Conventional

Materials Needed

 Pen   Notebook


Psychology and You ”


(Give and/or demonstrate necessary information)


understand obedience/punishment Self interest/orientation, Interpsersonal accord and conformity, Authority and social order, Social Contract orientation, Universal Ethical Principles?


Heinz stealing the Drug? Chart: Answer and explain Information: which ages and which levels - examples Readings/Charts Examples of answers from elementary school students.


(Steps to check for student understanding)

Discuss issues in their own lives that represented an ethical decision.

Inquiry – Discussion   Reading: Should

Heinz steal the Drug

Chart: Theories of Moral



(Describe the independent activity to reinforce this lesson)

Assessment: HW:

ask a parent/sibling/neighbor if Heinz should steal the drug – bring back answers. Share answers tomorrow

Quiz: Behaviorism/Psychoanalytical Theory – founders and beliefs. Work on Project 1 – Psychological Theories