Unit Two

Cognitive and Moral Development

Here's what we're going to do this week - take a closer look at a couple topics we touched on in our introductory unit. And those are Cognitive Development (like Piaget) and Moral Development. So here we go...
As you read the biographies above, note the interests Piaget pursued as a child, his education, and his early work history that influenced his life's work.

Create a slide presentation or powerpoint. Title it Piaget and then your last name. For example, mine would be PiagetDilts. On your first slide, provide some biographical information on Piaget (dates lived, place of birth, childhood education and academic pursuits).

On the second slide, describe his formal, university education and then on the 3rd slide, describe the process by which Piaget became interested in the way children think.

A little vocabulary

In your psychology notebook, write a definition of each of the following words as well as an example explaining each one. Your example can be about your life or something that you make up for the sake of demonstrating your understanding. Remember to define each of these terms in view of how Piaget would use them, not just a standard dictionary definition.

  1. schema
  2. assimilation
  3. accommodation
  4. object permanence
  5. representational thought
  6. conservation

More slides

Add another 5 slides to your presentation.

The first one should be an overview of Piaget's 4 Stages of Cognitive Development.

Each of the next 4 slides needs to be an in-depth explanation of each stage.


That's a great name, ins't it? Lev Vygotsky. Read about him, create a brief slide with some biographical information, and sum up his work (as compared to Piaget) in 2 sentences or less.

Remember the definition of psychology? It referred to either animals or humans. So let's take a minute and look at animals.

Konrad Lorentz did a fascinating study. Do some research on him, and then create another slide summarizing his work.

Do the same thing for the Harlow monkey experiment. This is a good video to supplement your research. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_O60TYAIgC4&nohtml5=False

As a note, feel free to use Wikipedia as a jumping-off point or a place to get some background info, but avoid using it as a definitive authority on any subject. Why? Because this is why.


Moral Development

Lawrence Kohlberg did some fascinating work on moral development. Add to your presentation with a biographical slide about Kohlberg, then one with an overview of each of his 6 stages. You can then do 3 additional slides with 2 stages per slide (because as you read you'll see that this makes sense).