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Kohlberg’s Scale
Kohlberg identifies three major levels in the moral development of an individual (DeGeorge, 22). After reading the text on Kohlberg’s scale I consider myself to be a little bit on Level I, but for the most part I feel that I am on Level II.
Level one is the preconventional level on Kohlberg’s scale. The first stage of Level I is how an individual reacts to punishment. Sometimes at work, if I have done something wrong, I want to know what that is so that I can fix it to make sure that I will not do it again. I have never been fired from a job, but I had made mistakes and it feels just like it did when I was a little kid being scolded by my parents. I do not like it, but I do want to learn what to do and what not to do. The second stage of Level I is an individual’s desire to receive an award. Going back to talk about my job, it makes me feel so good when my boss tells me how good of a job I have done. Does that happen all of the time, no, but when it does it makes my whole day. It makes me work harder knowing that I am doing a good job and that my employer appreciates my work.
Level II or the conventional level practices the morality of conventional role-conformity. The first stage of Level II is what Kohlberg calls the “Good Boy/Nice Girl Morality.” In this stage, a person reacts to the expectations of parents or peers (DeGeorge, 23). I grew up in a very small town, around 1,200 people, there were about 45 people in my graduating class. I will admit that I was in the “cool” crowd, and let me tell you, that was hard work. I had to have all of the newest clothes and all of the name brands. When my parents couldn’t afford the trendy styles, I had to work for them myself. I wanted to be in the “cool” crowd so I felt that I was expected to have all of the name brand clothes, shoes, car, etc. When it came to my…...

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