Child Protective Services Essay

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“Jean Piaget” Before I began reading the passages provided for this writing assignment, I chose to do a little background work on Piaget himself. This is what I found. Jean Piaget was born on August 9, 1896 in Neuchatel, Switzerland; he died on September 17, 1980 at the age of 84. He was a very well educated man and studied at the college his father taught at. He is best known for his research on children's cognitive development. He coined “The Theory of Development”, which consist of 4 stages. The first is the sensorimotor stage. This occurs from birth until about age 2. The second, the preoperational stage is from ages 2 to 5. Third, the concrete operational stage, it ranges from about 6 or 7 and last until about 11 or 12. Lastly is the formal operational stage, this represents the adolescent years up until adulthood. Piaget used demonstrations instead of controlled studies or experiments. He never relied on statistics. He was also the founder of the clinical method. He formulated his own way of doing things, mostly to remain unbiased as to not sway the test subjects. He would do this by giving children a series of tasks or problems and later asking questions about each one. He would then tailor his interview to the particular response that each child had given him. His follow-up questions varied from child to child. He was once quoted as saying “he wanted to develop creative and innovative minds capable of discovery”. As I read the different case scenarios, I kept reminding myself of his mantra. I was very interested in the first couple of studies I read. The problems relating to stealing really caught my attention. Listening to how each of the children would rationalize motive was surprising. I could directly relate that to some of the things I learned about Piaget beforehand. Material result and independently of motives versus motives alone were a little
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