In Piaget's per-operational stage toddlers and young children are demonstrating use of language through symbols plus memory and imagination development. Children primarily think egocentrically, which is demonstrated in my experiment.
For this Piaget Psych experiment, I used my niece; Noelle Ray Negrete. She is a three year old little girl who has grown up living at the beach, with both her mom and dad, and her sister Nora. Noelle's mother works at home, raising her two beautiful daughters while Noelle's dad is employed as a full time manager of a nearby restaurant.
To start out my project, I first asked Noelle a series of questions: Question: Ok Noelle, close your eye. Can you see me?
Question: If your eyes are closed, can I see you?
In this set of questions the child portrayed a more mature level of reasoning skills. One would expect a child her age to assume that since she couldn’t see me, that I wouldn't be able to see her, which would have been an example of egocentrism.
Question: Do you have a brother or sister?
Answer: Yup, my sissy. Her name […] Nora
Question: Does Nora have a sister?\
Answer: Yea momma says i'm a sissy too
Noelle in these sets of questions relied more on her schema, or preexisting knowledge that was supplied by her mother rather than child like egocentrism thinking.
Question: Noelle, where do you think the sun goes at night?
Answer: To the beach […] sun lives at the beach […] goes shines, never sleeps there
As a response to this question Noelle uses magical thinking to provide a reason as to where the sun goes at night.
After this I had Noelle participate in experiment number 4 with the two glasses. During this exercise Noelle portrayed conservation; not being able to understand why the bigger the glass didnt mean the lager the portion of water, even after I showed her the different sized glasses held the same amount of water.
After that I had her do the second experiment on...
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