Child Psychology


The main purpose of this investigation is to find the nature of children’s scientific way of thinking, with particular reference to the concepts of why do things sink or float, and apply theories to make sense of what they observe.
Two participants were selected, they were both female, one was aged 8 and the other aged 12.
The design of the method included both hard and soft materials all of different shapes and sizes, a plastic container filled with water and a set of scales.

The older child had more knowledge than the younger child as to why things sank or floated.


This assignment included research into children’s   scientific way of thinking, and how they become to have a knowledge of their language and physical environments. They have different explanations as to why different objects either float or sink in water.
The aim is to find , if children of different ages have different answers to scientific questions, and how they behave when their reactions are challenged.
It will mention Vygotsky’s zone of proximal development and Piaget’s research into mathematical reasoning, and cognitive change processes.
Also included is Christine Howe’s An understanding of what influences motion and An investigation into intensive and extensive qualities ( Nunes.)  

Also   mentioned   are   the   obstacles   that   effect   a   child’s   development   and   their   scientific   way   of   thinking.   Nunes   lemon   juice   experiment   will   be   included   in   their   findings.   It   could   be   said   that   this   particular   research   is   related   the   investigation   Piaget   and   Inhelder   pioneered.   They   pointed   out   that   it   is   when   children   have   to   understand   change,   for   example   when   Remy   could   not   grasp   the   concept   of   the   grapefruit   she   invented   a   theory   as   to   why   (because   its   waxy).   This   relates   their   sugar   in   the   water   experiment ,   and   this   suggest   that   older   children   have   a   better   knowledge   of...