ERIC Number: ED237244
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Dec
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Using Piagetian Tasks to Assess Developmental Levels in Elementary School Students.
Adkins, Gary A.
To aid undergraduate students in their initial study of Piaget's theory of intellectual development, students enrolled in a sophomore child development course administered selected tasks to individual subjects in order to verify or disprove results predicted in the theory. Prior to replicating the Piagetian experiments, students were introduced to the theory through lectures, films, and a summary of Piaget's theoretical concepts and developmental stages. They then were provided an opportunity to execute the tasks in mock experiments in class or to watch an actual experiment. Each undergraduate was given a guide to administering the tasks and was responsible for identifying at least one child between the ages of 4 and 7 years for experiment participation. For many undergraduates, an understanding of the theory was achieved only after this application phase of instruction. Guide sheets used to facilitate student replication of tasks are provided. These guides focus on an inference task; a complex verbal problem; and conservation of area, volume, and number tasks. (RH)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
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