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Psychology 3260: Personality & Social Development. Don Hartmann, Spring 2006 Lecture 9: Piaget. Overview of Piaget Lecture. Coffee & Cream Introduction to Piaget Piaget’s Theory A Practical Application Evaluation Summary Black & White Marbles. Coffee & Cream.

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    1. Psychology 3260: Personality & Social Development Don Hartmann, Spring 2006 Lecture 9: Piaget

    2. Overview of Piaget Lecture • Coffee & Cream • Introduction to Piaget • Piaget’s Theory • A Practical Application • Evaluation • Summary • Black & White Marbles

    3. Coffee & Cream • Begin with two cups, Cup 1 containing 8 oz. of cream, Cup 2 containing 8 oz. of coffee (or diet Coke) • Remove 2 oz. of cream from Cup 1 and place it in Cup 2. Mix thoroughly. • Remove 2 oz. of the coffee/cream mixture in Cup 2 and place it in Cup 1. • Question: Is there • More coffee in Cup 1 than cream in Cup 2? • More cream in Cup 2 than coffee in Cup 1? • The same amount of cream in Cup 2 as coffee in Cup 1? • None of the above.

    4. Introduction to Piaget • 3rd Most influential psychologist of the 20th century • Father of Cognitive Developmental Theory • Background facts

    5. Major Thesis • Social development is a consequence of changes in cognitive development • Responsible in large part for Social Cognition (e.g., gender conceptions, humor)

    6. The Nature of Piaget’s Theory • Strong stage theory. Stages are: • Qualitative (rather than quantitative) • Coherent (consistent) • Fixed (just four, no more) • Universal (applicable to all, though not all are believed to achieve all the stages), and • Invariant (we all go through them in the same order; no skipping).! • Based on structure of thought, rather than on content of thought

    7. Stages (1) • Sensorimotor (0‑2). From reflex to reflective! • Preoperational (2‑7). At this stage children have not yet gained the operations that allow them to think logically. Perception is characterized by centration & thinking by egocentrism

    8. Egocentrism

    9. Stages (2) • Concrete operation (7‑12); use operations (e.g., transitivity), but fixed on real • Formal operations (12‑?). Abstractions, logical reasoning

    10. Some Conservation Tasks

    11. Still More Conservation Tasks

    12. How does Growth Occur? • 1. Through both nature and nurture; maturation + certain critical experiences • 2. In general, through accommodation and adap- tation • 3. Though Cognitive Disequilibrium • 4. Though Interactions with Peers

    13. What about Learning? • Learning is a product of one's cognitive development. • The child's existing cognitive structures determine how he/she interprets social experiences and, hence, what is likely to be learned from interactions with others

    14. The Brain: Cognition; you get it, right? What about Personality? • Dependent upon cognitive development; e.g., can't have notion of gender, until conservation.

    15. A Practical Application: Teaching Traditional Gender Behavior • Match the instructional approach to the developmental level of the child • Has the child developed the notion of gender constancy? • Help the child form concept that she is a girl.

    16. Evaluation: Strengths • Importance of cognition -- even for social content! • Process of thinking rather than content of thought • Wonderful descriptive framework

    17. Evaluation: Weaknesses • Strong on developmental function; weak on IDs • Specific ages often erroneous. When we think an event or a process occurs is in part a function of how we conduct the assessment! • Characteristics of stages: • Coherence of stages: conservation problems not conservation problem....(Gertrude Stein) • Backsliding, • Universality (e.g., of moral development ‑‑ gender differences), • Description not explanation

    18. Summary • What about Coffee & Cream? Answer tomorrow. • Piaget in all his glory • Tomorrow: Biologically-Based Theories • Go in Peace! • P.S. What about black & white marbles? Answer tomorrow

    19. What about Black & White Marbles? • Urn 1 contains 100 white marbles; Urn 2 100 black marbles. • Take 20 of the white marbles from Urn 1 and place them in Urn 2. Mix the marbles well. • Take 20 of the mixture of marbles in Urn 2 and place them in Urn 1 • The Question: • Is there more black marbles in Urn 1 than white marbles in Urn 2? • Is there more white marbles in Urn 2 than black marbles in Urn 1? • Is there is same number of white marbles in Urn 2 as black marbles in Urn !? • None of the above.