The Concept Of Conservation Is Different For Age Groups Of Children

1823 Words Nov 1st, 2016 8 Pages
Purpose

The purpose of this observation is to prove if the concept of conservation is different for age groups of children described in the textbook Infants and Children by Laura Berk.
Background Information

I am observing my subject in the cognitive domain and will be focusing on conservation. The theorist that studied conservation is named Piaget. Piaget is a theorist that studies children development. Piaget believed that children are explores and needs to explore their surroundings by themselves and with peers. Piaget also believes that every child goes through development through steps. One theory Piaget is a child ability and inability to conserve. Conservation refers to the idea that a certain physical characteristics of object remain the same, even when their outward appearance changes (Berk, 2016,p.315). Piaget believes that a child in the preoperational stage will not be able to conserve. The inability that a child would not be able to conserve according to Piaget is because they lack irreversibility, which is the inability to mentally go through a series of steps in a problem and then reverse direction returning to the starting point. (Berk, 2016,p.316). the other reason children in the preoperational cannot conserve is because their understanding is centered by centration. Centration only lets the child focus on one aspect of a situation, neglecting other important features. (Berk, 2016,p.316). Paiget did believe that a child that is in the…

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