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THE SCENARIO: Bradley is a 7 year-old boy, so according to his age, he is in between Piaget’s Preoperational Stage and Concrete Operations stage. His parents find out that you are taking Developmental Psychology: Lifespan and ask you to help them figure out how his cognitive abilities compare to those of other children his age.

First, you decide to do some activities with Bradley to see if he makes any conservation errors or other mistakes in his thinking. If he makes any of these errors, you will assume he’s probably still in the Preoperational Stage.

1)    What activity might you do with him (or what could you ask him) to see if he makes the error of centration?

2)    What would you do to see if he makes the error of irreversible thought (difficulty understanding reversibility)?

3)    What about the error of egocentrism?  

Bradley does not make any of the errors that you would expect of a child in the Preoperational Stage. Therefore, you decide to test his ability to engage in seriation and transitivity to see how much he knows from the Concrete Operations stage.

4)    What would you ask him to do to test his seriation ability?

5)    What would you ask him to do to test his transitivity ability?

6)    What might you ask him to determine if he is able to engage in abstract thinking? Hint: It's not until formal operations that children can usually think in this way, so you'll want to ask him a formal operations-like question.

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