The Play Years: Piagetian Tasks Essay

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| The Play Years: Piagetian Tasks | Morganne Ausmus | North West Arkansas Community College | In this paper I replicated the four experiments done by Piaget to reveal a variety of deficiencies in the Preoperational thinking of preschoolers. The four experiments consisted of changing the spacing between one row of pennies even though the number of pennies in each row never changed, pouring one cup of water into a different sized container even though the amount of water in each cup never changed, changing the physical shape of a piece of play dough when the amount of play dough doesn’t change, and changing the physical shape of a piece of play dough when the weight of each piece of play dough is equal and does not change. | The Play Years: Piagetian Tasks Piaget’s famous conservation tasks reveal a variety of deficiencies in Preoperational thinking. According to Piaget the Preoperational stage occurs between the ages of two and seven years old and is a time when the thinking of a preschooler lacks the logic of the two remaining stages of development (Berk). Conservation refers to the idea that certain physical characteristics of objects remain the same even when their outward appearance changes (Berk). For this experiment I replicated Piaget’s four conservation experiments on a five year old child that is currently attending kindergarten. For the first experiment I set out two rows of pennies, each row containing six pennies, evenly spaced apart. Before each experiment I made sure that the child understood each of the beginning amounts were equal. The first question I asked the child was “how many pennies are in each row?” the child responded that each row had six pennies. I then changed the spacing between the pennies in row two by moving them closer together. While I was changing the appearance of the pennies, the child commented that I was moving
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