A Neo-Kohlbergian approach to morality research

James R. Rest, Darcia Narvaez, Stephen J. Thoma, Muriel J. Bebeau

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Kohlberg's work in moral judgement has been criticised by many philosophers and psychologists. Building on Kohlberg's core assumptions, we propose a model of moral judgement (hereafter the neo-Kohlbergian approach) that addresses these concerns. Using 25 years of data gathered with the Defining Issues Test (DIT), we present an overview of Minnesota's neo-Kohlbergian approach, using Kohlberg's basic starting points, ideas from Cognitive Science (especially schema theory), and developments in moral philosophy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)x-395
JournalJournal of Moral Education
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2000

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