Both Jason and Bradley believe that their dad should not drive over the speed limit on their family vacation to Florida.While Jason does not want his dad to get a speeding ticket, Bradley believes that rules are rules and laws are laws and need to be

obeyed.Jason’s reasoning is characteristic of………………….level and Bradley’s is characteristicof the………….level of moral development.
a) preconventional;postcontional. b) preconventional;conventional

c) conventional;preconventional d) postconventional; preconventional



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    The answer is C.  Jason’s reasoning is “conventional” in that his wishes are based on a perception of consequences to people’s actions, and on a realistic calculation of risk.  His pragmatic thought process is analogous to washing one’s hands before eating, or avoiding unprotected sex; he expresses no opinion on the moral rectitude of the system, only on the layman’s inability to contend with or revise it.  This attitude is consistent with modern society and its structures of punishment.  Bradley’s outlook is “pre-conventional” because it assumes absolute faith in the policy makers who established the system of drawing revenue from traffic violations.  Bradley’s views may have been conventional a couple generations ago, but the present day average middle class American has a certain level of disillusionment and distrust for our government and justice system, and is less likely to accept a given system without questioning it.

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      If, on the other hand, their sister Emily was also in the car with them and Emily urged their father to obey the speed limit because she previously did some research on the automaker and her knowledge of fuel efficiency tells her that the optimum highway coasting speed happens to be equal to the posted speed limit, Emily would be forward thinking and her motives would be described as post-conventional.

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