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Cognitive Development in Children Piaget suggests that children prior to the age of seven develop an objective moral orientation They tend to evaluate the good or bad actions on the basis of the consequences of the actions good or bad At about the age seven children develop a subjective moral orientation which involves evaluation of behavior in terms of whether the intentions were good or bad This investigational method is used to determine whether children under the age of seven have objective moral reasoning along with if children about the age of seven have subjective moral reasoning Method Subjects The subjects were children from 1990 to 1995 between the ages of three to 11 Apparatus Some sets of three sample story pairs were used for this experiment along with a rating sheet to record the responses from the children Story Pair One A A girl boy who is named Susan Jim is in her his room She he is called to dinner She he starts to go into the dining room but behind the door there is a chair On the chair is a tray with 15 cups on it Susan Jim doesnt know that all of this is behind the door She he pushes on the door the door knocks against the tray and bang goes the 15 cups They are all broken B A girl boy named Mary Robert wants to get some candies But her his mother tells her him that she he cant have any more candies and she he leaves But Mary Robert wants a candy so she he climbs up on a chair and reaches up to the shelf But she he knocks over one cup and it falls on the floor and breaks Story Pair Two A Sarah Kenny was playing on her his swing in the back yard
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