Day 67: Kohlberg’s Stages of Moral Development

1. WordSkills 1.12-1.15

2. “Just Lather” whole class discussion. As a group we discussed question 10, whether or not the Barber was right to have taken the actions he did in not killing Torres. We made a T-chart showing arguments on both sides. This lead to our questioning of how people make moral decisions.

3. Kohlberg’s Heinz Dilemma. To prepare students for a brief lecture on Kohlberg’s Stages of Moral Development, they worked in groups to respond to the Heinz Dilemma, a test Kohlberg used to evaluate his own patients for moral maturity. Here are the questions:

Scenario 1: 

A woman was near death from a unique kind of cancer. There is a drug that might save her. The drug costs $4,000 per dosage. The sick woman’s husband, Heinz, went to everyone he knew to borrow the money and tried every legal means, but he could only get together about $2,000. He asked the doctor scientist who discovered the drug for a discount or to let them pay the full amount later. But the doctor scientist refused.
 If you were Heinz, would you break into the laboratory to steal the drug for your wife? Why or why not?

Scenario 2

: Heinz broke into the laboratory and stole the drug. The next day, the newspapers reported the break-in and theft. Brown, who was both a police officer and friend of Heinz, remembered seeing Heinz last evening, behaving suspiciously near the laboratory. Later that night, he saw Heinz running away from the laboratory.

 If you were Brown, would you report what you saw? Why or why not?

Scenario 3: 

Officer Brown reported what he saw. Heinz was arrested and brought to court. If convicted, he faces up to two years in jail. Heinz was found guilty. If you were the judge, would you sentence Heinz to prison? Why or why not?

4. Kohlberg’s Stages of Moral Development Lecture. Students took notes on the 6 stages of moral development. To read more about the stages or if you missed some of the notes in class, go here.

5. Evaluating the Heinz Dilemma. Students then evaluated what level of moral maturity they were operating on when they answered the questions.

Tomorrow we will pick up more of Kohlberg when we watch clips from an episode of “House, MD.”

HW: Answer the three scenario questions if you haven’t already. Bring in your Odyssey book for me to check notes if you haven’t already. Otherwise, nothing!

Absentees: Download this handout (KOHLBERG). Read the scenarios and fill out your response. Give a few bullet points to explain your answers. Then, read the Wikipedia page on Kohlberg (linked above in step 4) to fill out some notes about the different stages on the handout. Once you complete side 1 of the handout, you’re done. Be sure to turn in “Just Lather” when you return to school.