Clinical Method Plan: Conservation

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Theory Introduction:

The theory that I have chosen to for my framework of study is the theory of conservation. Conservation is the understanding that a thing stays the same regardless of the changes in its form. Conservation is the foundation for rational thinking and can be applied to any quantifiable matter. When a child is able to master the conservation tasks, he or she will be able to understand and explain why things stay the same regardless of the changes in its form.

Statement of Purpose:

The purpose of my investigation is to determine whether or not my five year old nephew will be able to understand the concept of conservation. I want to test if he is able to grasp that an entity remains the same despite the changes in its form.

Description of Child and Context:

For Piaget’s conservation tasks I will use my five year old nephew who I will call Abe. Abe is the youngest in his family. He has five sisters and three brothers. He is Hmong and in the lower middle class. He recently started Kindergarten. Abe lives in a small and crowded apartment with most of his siblings. Abe’s other brother and his small family also lives with Abe. Abe has a nephew (7 years old) and two nieces (a 6 year old and a 4 month infant) that he plays with everyday. To eliminate distractions, I plan to perform the tasks in my home because it will eliminate distractions but still be a place where Abe can be comfortable. When I perform the tasks, it will most likely be done during the afternoon.

Description of Tasks/ Where they were Found/ What they Measure:

For my tasks, I will be using the conservation tasks for mass, liquid, and length. For the mass task I will have two equal balls of play dough and flatten one down to see if Abe would be able to realize that the two are still equal. The liquid task is similar to the mass task. I will start out with identical containers of water and pour one into a different and taller container to see if Abe...
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