# Child Observation and Piaget’s Theory

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## Conservation of Volume

### Ages 4 and 8

Age 4 :

"Please pour water into both so that each has exactly the same amount of water." The four year old needed help pour the water equally so I helped him with that. I then said "do both have exactly the same amount of water?" he said "yes." I asked "how do you know," and he replied "the lines match up." I told my cousin to "now take one glass, and pour it into this new one." He poured the blue water into the tall, slim container. I asked "now, do they have the same amount of water?" he replied "no." I asked "how do you know?" he pointed at the different levels of water and said " this one is taller."

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Age 8:

"Please pour water into both so that each has exactly the same amount of water." He poured the water into the two containers equally. I asked "do both have exactly the same amount of water?" he replied "yes, they do." I asked "how do you know?" he said "both of them line up, showing they share the same amount." I handed him the second container and said " now take one glass, and pour it into this new one." He poured the water into the taller glass. "Now, do they have the same amount of water?" he said "yes." That's when I asked "how to do you know?" he replied saying " It was the same liquid from the other glass which was equal from before."

## Conservation of number

### Ages 4 and 8

Age 4:

Age 8:

The four year old child judged all of the experiments by the way they looked and the eight year old compared the experience by memory. When we look at the four year old we know right after the experiment that when they are younger they judge things by the way they look at things for an example the conservation of volume experiment. But when we look at the eight year old we see that he remembers that the amounts are the same and nothing changes just the positioning does. In Piaget's theory, theory of conservation, talks about how the child is mature enough to be using logical thought but only uses logic to physical objects. The eight year old uses logic to figure out that nothing has changed just the positioning of the liquids/pennies. The four year old doesn't have the logical reasoning or thought yet but when he comes around the age 7-11 he will develop this ability.

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