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moral development

Definition of Moral Development

(noun) The act or process of socialization through which people learn what is considered “good” and “bad” or “acceptable” and “unacceptable”.

Moral Development Pronunciation

  • IPA Pronunciation
    • American English
      • /ˈmɔr(ə)l diˈvɛləpmənt/
    • British English
      • /ˈmɒrəl dᵻˈvɛləpm(ə)nt/
      • /ˈmɒrl̩ dᵻˈvɛləpm(ə)nt/
  • Syllabification: (mor·al de·vel·op·ment)

Usage Note

  • Plural: moral developments

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Works Consulted

Griffiths, Heather, Nathan Keirns, Eric Strayer, Susan Cody-Rydzewski, Gail Scaramuzzo, Tommy Sadler, Sally Vyain, Jeff Bry, Faye Jones. 2016. Introduction to Sociology 2e. Houston, TX: OpenStax.

Stewart, Paul, and Johan Zaaiman. 2015. Sociology: A Concise South African Introduction. Cape Town: Juta.

Stolley, Kathy S. 2005. The Basics of Sociology. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press.

Wikipedia contributors. (N.d.) Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation. (https://en.wikipedia.org/).

Cite the Definition of Moral Development

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “moral development.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved October 16, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/moral-development/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

moral development. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/moral-development/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “moral development.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed October 16, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/moral-development/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“moral development.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 16 Oct. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/moral-development/>.