As theories of developmental psychology continue to define educational goals and practice, it has become imperative for educators and researchers to scrutinize not only the underlying assumptions of such theories but also the model of adulthood toward which they point. Carol Gilligan examines the limitations of several theories,most notably Kohlberg's stage theory of moral development, and concludes that developmental theory has not given adequate expression to the concerns and experience of women. Through a review of psychological and literary sources, she illustrates the feminine construction of reality. From her own research data, interviews with women contemplating abortion, she then derives an alternative sequence for the development of women's moral judgments. Finally, she argues for an expanded conception of adulthood that would result from the integration of the "feminine voice" into developmental theory.
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In a Different Voice: Women's Conceptions of Self and of Morality
Harvard Educational Review (1977) 47 (4): 481–517.
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Carol Gilligan; In a Different Voice: Women's Conceptions of Self and of Morality. Harvard Educational Review 1 December 1977; 47 (4): 481–517. doi: https://doi.org/10.17763/haer.47.4.g6167429416hg5l0
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