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Psychology in Action

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Active Learning Activity 9.9 - IQ Tests Construct a basic vocabulary test similar to those found on the Stanford-Binet, Wechsler, or from the glossary of the text. Also construct specific spatial and pattern recognition tasks similar to those on the Stanford-Binet or Wechsler. Divide the class into medium-sized groups (six to eight students) according to those who are "over twenty-five" and "under twenty-five" years of age. Give each group fifteen minutes to answer both sections of the test. Have members of each group grade their own papers, then put the results on the board. The older group should do better on the vocabulary tests, while the younger group should do better on the spatial and pattern recognition tasks. Use this to discuss differences in cognitive development and why the "declines" associated with aging are emphasized while the advantages are typically ignored. Instructor’s Resource Guide                               Chapter 9                                            Page  34                             
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H andout 9.1– Active Learning Piaget Test I Upon meeting Mr. Rogers (host of a famous children's TV show), a young child asks, "How did you get out of the box?" What Piagetian stage does this statement represent? A young mother is encouraging her son to try another bite of a disliked food. The child is quietly whining, but when the mother spreads the food around to cool it, the child becomes hysterical. Why did the child become so upset? Identify the cognitive stage of the child. Last month Janie's mom could easily substitute a less offensive toy for a noisy one and Janie would continue happily playing. Now she will cry and reach for the removed toy even when it is out of sight. What cognitive changes have occurred? Identify Janie's cognitive stage of development. Tom is deeply upset that his parents cheat on their income taxes, yet he has no difficulty justifying personally cheating on a school exam. Explain Tom's inconsistency from a Piagetian perspective, and label his stage of cognitive development. A favorite aunt gives her two nephews three cookies and encourages them to share. The older child takes two cookies for himself and offers his brother the other cookie broken in half. Both children are happy with this arrangement. Label each child's stage of cognitive development. Instructor’s Resource Guide                               Chapter 9                                            Page  35                             
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  B rain- B ased L earning Brain-Based Learning Activity 9.1 - Shaped by Life Materials Needed: Several Beanbags or Rice Balloons Hand out beanbags to the students at the beginning of your lecture on child development. Ask the students to play with them and to pass them onto the next student when they are done. After everyone has had a turn, point out that all started with the same ingredients. However each student shaped them into a different shape
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