29 November 2007

"Duh" quote for today

From my psychology textbook, a gem for your Thursday lunchtime:
Research has noted the lack of a clear relationship between moral reasoning and moral behavior. People at postconventional levels of reasoning do not necessarily act more morally than those at lower levels...A certain level of cognitive development is necessary but not sufficent for a comparable level of moral development. Thus, other processes besides cognition must be at work.

Papalia, Diane, Sally Wendkos Olds, and Ruth Duskin Feldman. A Child's World: Infancy Through Adolescence. 10th ed. Boston: McGraw Hill, 2006.

They get so close! They've almost hit it! There is more involved in people's functioning and development that just cognition! But...here's the answer they give for the 'something more:'
Moral activity, [critics of Kohlberg's theory] say, is motivated not only by abstract considerations of justice, but also by such emotions as empathy, guilt, and distress and the internalization of prosocial norms...Some theorists today seek to synthesize the cognitive-developmental approach to moral development with the role of emotion and the insights of socialization theory.

Papalia, Diane, Sally Wendkos Olds, and Ruth Duskin Feldman. A Child's World: Infancy Through Adolescence. 10th ed. Boston: McGraw Hill, 2006.

Sheesh, people. How blind do you have to be to fail to see that there is more than just human processes involved in our development?

But now, this is what the Lord says--he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: "Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine...I have revealed and saved and proclaimed--I, and not some foreign god among you. "You are my witnesses," declared the Lord, "that I am God."

Isaiah 44:1,12

2 comments:

DW said...

Ah, Kohlberg. His model was sooo popular in schools in the early 80s. In one of my grad classes back then I had to test several children and calculate their levels on his scale.
Have you read any of Carol Gilligan's critique and alternate model?
I smell a good conversation next time we run into each other :)

DW said...

That's DWH, of course...