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Moral Development

Morality is an aspect of human development that is universal but—unlike language or motor development—differs markedly across individuals, cultures, and situations. Some people have a poorly developed moral sense, whereas others appear to have a hyper developed moral sense. There are also major differences between cultures in what is considered moral. Furthermore, people who act highly moral in one situation may react with little regard for morality in another. These common observations make moral development both problematic and intriguing.

Research Strategy

The first problem in investigating morality psychologically is to decide strategically where to begin; that is, what constitutes the core phenomenon or phenomena, the point of entry into the research field? Some investigators, such as social learning theorist Albert Bandura, have selected conduct or overt moral ...

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