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Piaget’s Pendulum Problem Vygotsky believed that social and cultural contexts affect children’s cognition. Children’s growth in language broadens the way they think (Berk, L 2000, p.256) Participants were three children aged 10 years. They were in a year four class and consisted of one female and two males. To test Vygotskys theory I had a group of 3 children of the same age participate in the Piagets Pendulum Problem. I began the task with introducing a model of a pendulum and discussed with the children what they already knew about pendulums and where you might find one. I then presented the children with string, scissors, and weights of various sizes. I then asked the children to have a play with the materials to see what they could discover about pendulums and I observed to see if Vygotsky’s theory was evident. Whilst the children were engaged in discovery Vygotskys theory of private speech
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Unformatted text preview: was apparent. The children both spoke to each other and themselves. The children were at different levels of understanding and scaffolding was evident within the group. The children who seemed to know more about pendulums used zone of proximal development to help the others. They dominated discussion until there was evidence of intersubjectivity where they indicated the same level of understanding. With Piagets Hypothetico-deductive reasoning the children eventually worked out the four hypotheses and concluded that there was only one variable that made the difference and that was the string length. Minimum scaffolding was needed from me as the children had obviously had a good idea of what a pendulum was. I concluded the task with asking the children to show and tell me what they had discovered....
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