Activity Analysis: Preconceptual Thinking

Improved Essays
Activity 4.8

For this activity I worked with S., a 23-month-old girl, and J. a 14-month-old boy. For both children, the activity was held inside S’s home, in a quite corner of her living room. The materials used were three cloth napkins, a sparkly bouncy ball, and a jewelry box. First, I worked alone with S., and then I worked alone with J.

Working with S.

I showed the ball to S. and then hid it under the first napkin. I asked her where did the ball go. She picked up the second napkin, saw that the ball wasn’t underneath it and then put it down. Then she picked up the first napkin and took the ball from underneath it. I placed the ball underneath the first napkin three more times, and she looked under the first napkin first, every
seems to have found the ball through logical thinking. First, by trial an error, than by memory. However, she did not understand at first that the ball could be inside the box. Thus, I believe she would fall under the preoperational stage of Piaget’s theory. This stage is subdivided into two groups: preconceptual thinking (or symbolic function) and intuitive thinking. I believe S. fall into the preconceptual thinking because she seems to be using transductive reasoning, which is a characteristic of the preconceptual thinking substage. Transductive thinking is when someone reasons by drawing a relationship between separate events. These deductions can lead to correct conclusion, but it is not guaranteed to do so. S. seems to have used logical thinking to find the ball in the jewelry box, but she appears to have draw her conclusion from her previous experience of looking for the ball under the napkins. She knew that the ball was “hiding” and that she had to remove an item to find it. In the first case, she first had to remove a napkin. In the second instance, she had to remove the lead of the jewelry box. Thus, it looks like S. falls into the preconceptual thinking subcategory of the preoperational stage of Piaget’s …show more content…
I showed the ball to J. and hid it under the first napkin. I asked him where did the ball go. He picked up the third napkin, but forgot all about the ball and wanted to play with the napkin. I did this a second time, and he picked up the first napkin and found the ball. On the third time, he once again picked up the third napkin and forgot about the ball. I then moved the ball from under the first napkin to under the second napkin. Once again I ask him where did the ball go. J. picked up the second napkin and took the ball. I then place the ball under the third napkin. J. is not interested in playing anymore and walks away. I place the ball into the jewelry box and place it under the napkin. I ask him where did the ball go. I try to get J.’s attention and ask him where did the ball go. He simply picks up all the napkins, throws them up in the air, and walks away. When actually searching the ball, J. seems to have found the ball out of luck, not logical thinking. Thus, I believe he would fall under the sensorimotor stage of Piaget’s theory. More specifically, he would fall into the secondary circular reactions sub stage, in which children learn to coordinate their sensations. In this sense, a secondary circular reaction is when the infant tries to reproduce an event that happened by accident. As, J. seemed to have found the ball out of luck and then tried to replicate the occurrence, he would fall into this

Related Documents

• Improved Essays

The sensorimotor stage is so immense; psychologist Jean Piaget separated it into six substages. For this research study, I will briefly discuss the fourth, fifth, and sixth substage, and give insight on specific behavior and development of object permanence. Additionally, I will describe my observations in detail and indicate whether they support Piaget’s theory. In the fourth substage, a baby’s behavioral process evolves, for instance inadvertent actions become premeditated, furthermore instilling goal-directed behavior.…

• 711 Words
• 3 Pages
Improved Essays
• Improved Essays

Staff then assisted Christie with an underhand toss which released the virtual bowling ball and sent it rolling down the lane. Christie could hear the ball thunder down the lane and the pins fall to the floor. Staff explained to Christie that she knocked down 6 of 10 pins, and Christie responded with a huge smile. Staff praised Christie for doing a wonderful job. Staff assisted Christie to finish her turn and then exchanged her for one of her peers.…

• 848 Words
• 4 Pages
Improved Essays
• Decent Essays

The ball was flying through the air a little bit of sweat running down my forehead. Cameras were flashing. Don't drop it i repeated to myself. I used to be part a seahawks kid club and we were invited to century link field when the seahawks had a bye week.…

• 246 Words
• 1 Pages
Decent Essays
• Decent Essays

I walked up to the home plate ; Mr.jaan pitched the ball and I was thinking just do it. I was thinking so hard in fact that I got one strike for doing so. Next Mr.jaan got a the ball and made it bounce so he said it was a ball .On the third roll I kicked so high and long that Oskar could catch it but it slip out of his hands and then I started to run as fast as lighting or people just call me the the Jogging Cow. While I was running the only thing I can think of was run but the problem was that Oskar kept on going in front of me so I stop and went back to home plate to do the kick again.…

• 355 Words
• 2 Pages
Decent Essays
• Superior Essays

On a blistering Tuesday afternoon in late May, I was up to bat. The second inning of the softball game was underway, and I could already feel the perspiration rolling down my spine. A light breeze kicked up, but administered little relief from the suffocating heat.…

• 754 Words
• 4 Pages
Superior Essays
• Improved Essays

Out in the long grassed outfield, all my worries went away. I forgot all that happened the innings before. All that mattered was if the ball entered the outfield air, the ball was mine. Nothing could stop me, I loved it too much. The outfield felt so small, I know I could cover all the field.…

• 539 Words
• 3 Pages
Improved Essays
• Improved Essays

My dad, uncle, aunt, and a couple of family friends did softball at Alpha Park once a week in the afternoon. My cousin, Jordan, would always be there. During the games, we would play “house” or “the invisible game” or we would simply walk around wanting to pet all the dogs. On some occasions, although rare, my cousin, Brandon, would take Jordan and I to the playground equipment. On this day, Jordan and I were probably playing one of our usual games.…

• 574 Words
• 3 Pages
Improved Essays
• Improved Essays

“My basketball hoop! I’m supposed to be able to see it from this window and I can’t see it. It’s gone. Someone stole my basketball hoop.” She replied…

• 903 Words
• 4 Pages
Improved Essays
• Decent Essays

Luis was picked first to play in the clown game. Where the teacher and the kids clap to a song while one child dances in the middle. Luis looked very shy and immediately turned red once the other kids started laughing at him. He did a few silly moves and sat down quickly. The teacher said “thank you for…

• 60 Words
• 1 Pages
Decent Essays
• Great Essays

I have always hated baseball, yet I used to play that sport all the time. I have always hated the excessive competition found in baseball, yet I used to whine when I did not win. I have always enjoyed the friendship found in baseball, yet I used to be blind from its existence. When I was 9, the neighborhood kids and I would gather whenever we could at the baseball diamond in Schmidt Park. There, we would assign teams and then play until we couldn’t.…

• 1199 Words
• 5 Pages
Great Essays
• Improved Essays

There are a lot of things that one may consider contraband. These items can be very dangerous to fellow officers as well as the inmates. Like the article states, "In prison, contraband can mean life or death." (Crohsc 2014) Cell Phone in particular is one of the few but many that can be harmful to society and the correction institution.…

• 677 Words
• 3 Pages
Improved Essays
• Improved Essays

The name of the program is: Child Development Laboratory School at Richard J. Daley College it is located on 7500 S. Pulaski Dr. in Chicago, Ill. The director’s name is: Erin Cloy. Their philosophy is to let children experience though hands-on, individual instruction for every child in the classroom, and the importance of involve parents, family and community in classroom activities. Their sponsorship is the Head Start program. The range of children’s age is 3 to 5.…

• 909 Words
• 4 Pages
Improved Essays
• Improved Essays

This observation took place at the Central Citrus Little League Ball filed. The subjects were a combination of four and five-year-old boys. The young beginner athletes were actively participating in warm-up sessions, just prior to game play, as well as game performance on the field. The players were only able to remain focused for short periods of time.…

• 809 Words
• 4 Pages
Improved Essays
• Improved Essays

The star struck boy offers him his Coca-Cola, Joe first declined his cola than decides to accept the bottle and drinks the soda in one single gulp and continued down the tunnel. The boy turns around very disappointed to be empty-handed, and all the sudden Joe turns around, “Hey kid, catch!” Joe tossed the boy his #75 jersey with a big smile on both their…

• 873 Words
• 4 Pages
Improved Essays
• Improved Essays

The ball is one with the birds as it cuts through the hot summer air, towards the outfield fence. Trying as hard as it can to escape the diamond, it gets a push of momentum from a westward gust of wind. Despite the effort, the breeze was not enough as the ball rattled off the top of the fence and fell to the damp, warning track dirt. It laid there patiently waiting until the sweaty hand of a center fielder grasped the laces with three fingers and launched it back into action. Again, it was airborne, but this time heading towards the excitement.…

• 2157 Words
• 9 Pages
Improved Essays