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Dojrzałość moralna fundamentem właściwych wyborów
Moral maturity as the foundation of proper choices

Author(s): Urszula Dudziak
Subject(s): Anthropology
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Warmińsko-Mazurskiego w Olsztynie
Keywords: morality, development, demoralization, education, acceptance norms, family

Summary/Abstract: The integrated development of a person is composed not only of physical, psychological and social spheres, but also a spiritual one. The development of a moral sphere deserves special consideration. It determines the quality of choices made and specific actions. Lawrence Kohlberg mentions three levels of the moral development: pre-conventional, conventional and post-conventional. Reaching subsequent levels is not made spontaneously, but it requires specific efforts. There are many factors which could cause demoralization and desensitization of conscience. Their influence disturbs personal development, with the behaviour of individuals being its external expression. Lack of moral experience leads to improper choices and behaviours, against which both individuals and society should be protected. Promoting the moral development of children and youth is the educational responsibility of the older generation for the younger one. This is done by protection against factors disturbing moral development and by providing the models favourable for development. The family has a special task in this regard. The family stimulates the development and is the school of proper decisions by teaching norms, showing the cause-effect context of behaviour, giving a chance to follow suit with proper behaviour and helping in making responsible decisions.

  • Issue Year: 2014
  • Issue No: 15
  • Page Range: 121-132
  • Page Count: 12
  • Language: Polish