Interview Project for Age Development Learning Essay

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Interview Project of School Children to Determine Stages of Development
Mark (XXXXXXXXX)
EDUC500 Class, Liberty University

As children grow and mature they pass through several stages of development. Consequently it is important that teachers understand these developmental stages in order to be an effective teacher. This paper will analyze answers from five open ended questions asked of five children of varying ages to clarify changes in development at various ages. According to Robert E. Slavin “as children improve their cognitive skills, they are also developing self-concepts, ways of interacting with others, and attitudes toward the world” (Slavin, 2012). The five questions used for the interview
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The second child interviewed was an 8th grade male named Jack. During his interview, Jack new that school was important for a good education, but he also equated school to interacting with friends for good experiences. Jack is at a stage of life where social relationships are very important and is confirmed by his answers to question numbers 1 and 3. Slavin states that during the middle school and high school years “the amount of time spent with friends increases dramatically; adolescents spend more time with their peers than they do with family members or by themselves” (Slavin, 2012, p. 69)Jack knew that cheating was not only a “bad thing”, but he also reasoned that it allowed a person to gain something that they did not deserve. The question concerning Bullies seemed to be a bit more of a dilemma for Jack. He was able to reason that sometimes bullies seek attention and the best way to deal with it was to ignore them, however he also believed that you needed to stop them from bullying other people. He admitted it was sometimes had to stop because many times kids chose not to get involved. He leaned towards Kohlberg’s Stage 3 of moral reasoning in that he indicated that you needed to stop bullies if they are picking on someone else but ignoring them if you were the subject of the bully’s attention (Slavin, 2012, p. 59). Jack was more specific in
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