Moral Reasoning Interview

Kel is walking to the store. It’s his mother’s birthday on Saturday. He’s feeling bad because he hasn’t been able to save up enough money to get her the present he’d like to give her. Then, on the sidewalk, he finds a wallet with $10 in it — just what he needs to buy the present! But there’s an identification card in the wallet telling the name and address of the owner.1. What should Kel do? Why?2. What would be a good reason for Kel to return the wallet? Can you think of any other reasons?3. Would it be stealing to keep the money? Why is it wrong to steal?4. What if the owner of the wallet were rich and greedy and wouldn’t even give Kel a reward for returning it — should he return the wallet then?
STEP 2: Interview someone above the age of sixteen. Read or explain the following moral dilemma[1] and ask the questions that follow.
Dee and Kay were best friends. One day they went shopping together. Dee tried on a sweater and then, to Kay’s surprise, walked out of the store wearing the sweater under her coat. A moment later, the store’s security officer stopped Kay and demanded that she tell him the name of the girl who had walked out. He told the storeowner he had seen the two girls together and was sure the one who left had been shoplifting. The storeowner said to Kay, “Come on now, come clean. You could get into serious trouble if you don’t give us your friend’s name.”1. Should Kay tell Dee’s name to the security officer? Why?2. Would it make any difference if Dee had recently done a big favor for Kay?3. Would it make a difference if they were not good friends?4. What factors should Kay consider in making her decision?
STEP 3: Write up a response paper (300-500 words) reflecting on the responses from the two interviews. How did the responses of the child and the adult differ in terms of maturity of moral judgments? How old were your participants? Were you surprised by anything they said? How do they fit into Kohlberg’s stages of moral reasoning?