The purpose of this assignment is to introduce you to gathering, analysing and reporting research data. The focus is on examining Piaget’s concepts in a practical way. It links to your achievement of the Unit Outcomes 3 and 4:
Collect, analyse and interpret data with respect to the domains of development. 4
Develop academic essay and report writing skills
The assignment consists of clear steps which are outlined below:
Gathering the data (revisit Chapter 2 for information on ethics, observation and note taking) • Collect about 20 small items that can be sorted or categorised in multiple ways e.g. shells, screws / nails, buttons, pictures from a shopping catalogue or magazine etc. • Select two people of different ages. A larger discrepancy (a primary school aged child and an adult; or a preschooler and an adolescent for example) will be easier for you but you may need just to work with people you have easy access to. • Explain that you need to ask people of different ages to do a short activity for a university assignment. It should take a maximum of about 20 minutes. • Gain their consent to participate in your study. Make sure you have signed consent forms (see link under “Assessments”) from the participants and from their guardians if they are of school age – even if you know them well. Verbal consent may be obtained from a pre-schooler if the care-givers give their consent. You must include these forms with your assignment. • Arrange a time to see your participants individually in a comfortable place free from distractions. You might work at a table or on the floor. Parents of a very young child may wish to be present but ask them not to help in any way as you need to find out what children of this age can do on their own. • Give the following instructions (you may adapt them slightly for the age of the person but do not give ideas of how to sort the objects) o “I have here some different sorts of shells (pictures, buttons etc). I...
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