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

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You will need two children. One in the preoperational stage (age 2-7) and the other in the concrete operational stage (7-11).

2. The materials that are needed are twelve pennies, two containers of play-doh, two of the same size cups, one taller glass cup, and water.

3. First I did the observation on the child in the preoperational stage that is two years of age.

4. First we did the number conservation. I lined up six pennies underneath each other to have a total of 12 pennies. I proceeded to ask, “ which row has more pennies

5. Next I took the top row of pennies and asked the same question. “Which row has more Pennies?

6. Next, we did the mass conservation. You take two containers of play doh and roll them into two balls and ask “is there the same amount of play doh in each round ball?

7. After the child has answered take one round ball and flatten it. Then ask, “ does each clay have the same amount or does one have more?

8. The next conservation we did was liquid.

9. Take two exact glasses and ask,“ is there the same amount of water in each