The Observation of a 5 Year Old Boy Essay

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The Observation of a 5 Year Old Boy

Date: 3/19/04

Time observation started: 1:40 pm

Time observation ended: 1:55 pm

Name of child: Daiki

Age of child: 5.6

Setting: The setting took place in a play area/corner in the classroom of the school where Daiki attends. Daiki is playing with power rangers and there are also other children present, playing in the same play area.

Observation: Daiki is sitting in a play area with a friend playing with power rangers at a small table. He is acting out and talking like the power rangers. Daiki is getting up and running, pretending he is flying. He then sits back down at the table and looks very closely at the power ranger, trying to put his helmet back on the power ranger. He
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Daiki used his theory of mind to understand that the reason the child was crying was because he threw the power ranger. He knew his friend was hurt and confronted him with sympathy and understanding. Daiki first demonstrated Piaget's concept of egocentrism but then used concern and understanding as in the theory- theory of mind. All of these interpretations are part of the cognitive domain of human development.

Next, I will discuss the psychosocial domain of human development. In Daiki's age group, children develop the ability to adjust emotions. They usually can control crying and their tempers when they are frustrated over something. Daiki seemed to not develop this yet, because he got so frustrated that he threw his power ranger. He didn't have the ability to go ask his teacher or another child for help. Daiki will soon be able to control his emotions but he has not yet developed this skill yet. When Daiki went over to the crying child and asked him if he wanted to play with the power ranger, Daiki was demonstrating prosocial behavior. In Berger prosocial behaving means, "An action, such as sharing, cooperating, or sympathizing, that is performed to benefit other people without the expectation of reward for oneself"(Berger, 277). Daiki had sympathy for this crying child and so he went over out of his own will and tried to comfort and help the child. Even though Daiki did get

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