Saturday, March 6, 2010

Piaget Demonstration Study Guide

You will observe as the child is asked to participate in play-like activities that illustrate Piaget’s stages of

cognitive development. Try to make predictions about the outcome based on your reading of the text and

make notes of your observations for questions and discussion afterwards.

If you complete this form and submit it to me by the end of the week I will award you ten (10) extra

credit points. You are welcome to annotate your responses by reviewing the text and online notes to help

with your written conclusions. You don’t have to turn it in at the end of the demonstration; you may turn

it in when you have had time to complete each question.



What did Piaget assume about cognitive development? Did he believe problem-solving ability was based

on intelligence, learning, or upon specific stages of development related to a child’s age?

What did Piaget say we could expect in a child of 2-7? What stage did Piaget say these children were in?

How does the child respond to the demonstration? How does he/she respond to the instructor and/or to the

parent or caretaker? Interested and engaging? Reluctant or withdrawn?

Demonstration Observations:

Record your observations, questions, or comments as each task is



Colored Spools

Object transformation by rotating the spools. Can the child maintain an accurate

mental image? Can the child predict which color will emerge first? What else did you notice? Did the

child know or did he or she just guest?

Topological or Euclidian Space

– Can the child accurately reproduce both the figure and the relative

relationships between the objects? Normally before seven years of age the child will have trouble with the

shapes. Young children can recognize the relationship of the dot to the figure but the shapes presented

later are somewhat irregular. After the age of 4 the circles and squares are pretty good but the others are

vague without clear and accurate angles being reproduced. What did you observe he or she?


One For One Exchange

– Why do I exchange one penny for one block? Can the child establish

equivalence between two different sets of objects and then conserve that property as the objects change

position? At what age should this be no longer a problem? Note carefully each child’s approach to this


Term-to-Term Correspondence

– Can the child establish equivalence between two similar sets of

objects and then conserve that property as the objects change position? Note what is similar or different

from the task just completed. Are they using preoperations or using concrete operations? Why or why



Conservation of Length

– Can the child establish equivalence between sets of objects of differing

length? Can the child then conserve the property of length equivalence when the dowels change relative

position? Record whether you observed both equivalency and conservation or just one of the properties.

Was one task more difficult than the other? Did the multiple segments make any difference in the second



Conservation of Liquids

– Can the children establish equivalence of volume and maintain the

equivalence when the physical dimensions of the liquid change. What was similar or different in the way

the children approached this conversation task as compared to the others? In this note the reaction to the

task at hand and the confidence expressed in his or her judgment.


Conservation of Substance

– Can the children also conserve the property of substance? Is this easier,

more difficult or about the same difficulty as the other conservation tasks?


Spatial Coordinates

– Using a bottle of water and then rotating the bottle noticing the properties of

the liquid will the child be able to reproduce the water as it would appear if the bottle was in different

positions. What do observe about the children’s drawing representing the water line? How do you explain

this result if not accurate?


Class Inclusion

– Can the child successfully comprehend the relationship of the animals to be both a

member of a class and subclass at the same time? What cognitive skills are represented in this task? What

about Piaget’s assumptions of these cognitive abilities at this age?



– Brothers and sisters, can the child understand the properties of relationships when

asked to take another’s perspective? Do you believe the children understand the concept or have just

memorized their own family membership?



– Can the child understand the concepts of serialization and arrange lengths in ascending

order. What did you observe about the children’s approach to this problem? What cognitive skills are

required to successfully complete this task? Did each child use the same or different strategies to solve the




– Can the child understand left and right relationships from different points of view?

Why is this also related to the concept of egocentrism? What does the memory task have to say about

cognitive abilities (metacognition) in children of different ages? Did you observe any difference between

the children here?


Based on your observations what stage of cognitive development do you believe the child to

be in? What do you think about Piaget’s theory? Do you believe he was right or that he was wrong? Does

it appear that children understand and solve problems differently than adults?


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