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Ethical development, also known as moral development, focuses on the emergence, change, and understanding of morality from early childhood through adulthood. Morality is cultivated over a lifetime. An individual’s experiences impact their ethical development and how they act when facing moral problems. 

Examples

Psychology Of Fraud: Why Good People Do Bad Things

National Public Radio examines how good people can act unethically, using a small business example. Over the past decade or…

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Exercise your ethics

One way to develop your ethical "muscles" is to exercise them. Using an ethics work-out gives you a routine to…

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Let ethics guide your decisions

Childhood lessons can help you make the most ethical decisions as an adult. Q: I need to write a report…

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Practical Guidance

Being your best self, part III: Moral intent

Moral intent is the desire to act ethically when facing a decision and overcome the rationalization to not be ethical “this time.”

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Being your best self, part II: Moral decision-making

Moral decision making is the ability to produce a reasonable and defensible answer to an ethical question.

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Kohlberg’s stages of moral development

Lawrence Kohlberg's theory of moral development is based on Piaget's theory. Kohlberg stated that moral reasoning is based on six developmental stages. These stages are the basis for ethical behavior. The higher the level of moral reasoning, the better that the person is at dealing with moral dilemmas. The six stages of moral development are grouped into three levels of morality, as discussed in this video. By: Shreena Desai This video originally appeared on khanacademy.org, and is used here under a Creative Commons license. Note: All Khan Academy content is available for free at www.khanacademy.org.

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