role of teachers

15 January 2018

Kohlberg’s theory about the development of moral judgement is regarded as bein very important in educational practice. This article addresses his legacy and his influence in the current educational setting, especially at university level. It will also try to note possible criticisms and misinterpretations of his ideas. To this end, relevant literature relating to the author will be analysed and discussed. There are two areas of the current university pedagogical model that draw on Kohlberg as a source: an increase in methodologies that address ethical dilemmas and the idea of bringing the university closer to reality, promoting it as a community service. The article concludes with a discussion of possible deficiencies resulting from Kohlberg’s theories. Areas discussed include the current approach to university education in terms of competencies, the pursuit of utility as a trend in university pedagogy, and the importance of understanding cultural formation linked to moral education and the vital system of community ideas.


Cite this article as: Caro Samada, C., Ahedo Ruiz, J. and Esteban Bara, F. (2018).  La propuesta de educación moral de Kohlberg y su legado en la universidad: actualidad y prospectiva | Kohlberg’s moral education proposal and its legacy at university: present and future. Revista Española de Pedagogía, 76 (269), 85-100. doi: