Naturalistic Observation in a Daycare Center
There were lots of things I noticed from the Daycare Center. I observed a lot of children playing on their own their ages ranged from 0 to 8 years of age. I noticed how parents dropped off their children at the daycare center and how quickly each child adapted to the environment. Piaget was interested in how an organism adapts to its environment. Piaget described two processes used by individual to adapt which were assimilation and accommodation. Both of these processes are used throughout life as the person increasingly adapts to the environment in a more complex manner. I observed several infants trying to arrange and sort out different blocks and objects. Some of them scattered the blocks all around the place while the older infants ranging from ages 18 months and above tried arranging the blocks in order. Cognitive development refers to the development of the ability to think and reason. Children develop the ability to think in concrete ways. They learn how to add and subtract figures they learn how to arrange and sort out objects. I also observed a 9 month old baby boy crying because he was hungry, and as soon as his food was ready he was able to grab his bottle to feed himself. He was able to make different sounds almost as if he was about to call mama and dada. Piaget deduced that the first schemas of an infant are to do with movement. He believed that much of a baby's behavior is triggered by certain stimuli, in that they are reflexive. A few weeks after birth, the baby begins to understand some of the information it is receiving from its senses, and learns to use some muscles and limbs for movement. The child is able to make pleasure sounds like cooing. The child mostly cries for different needs and smiles when he sees his mother, father or someone’s he is used to. From four to six months, the child responds to human voices without visual cues by turning his head and eyes, making a babbling sound more...
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