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EVALUATION OF COGNITIVE AND EMOTIONAL GROWTHThe child that I have chosen to evaluate is a boy named Eric I chose Eric because I have been following his growth since September of 1998 Eric is a student in my seventh grade social studies class and he was in my sixth grade social studieslanguage arts class last year Because I have known him for a while and have seen his growth for over a year I thought that he would be a good specimen I suppose that Eric also sticks out in my mind because he is big for his age and is noticeably immature compared to many of his classmates He is twelve years old this year and is fast approaching six feet He is still somewhat stuck in the stage of cognitive development that Piaget calls Formal Operations The major hurdle for Eric seems to be mastering Hypothetico-deductive reasoning While Eric can consider hypothetical situations and reason deductively he cant seem to enter in to the inductive stage of reasoning When asked to use inductive reasoning on exams or in class Eric always goes back to what is concrete and safe for him and therefore can not get beyond his egocentric self Also he always has difficulty when given different possibilities for different situations Again I have seen him over and over again go back to what is concrete and already known to himAs for his emotional development Eric is very low on Eriksons Psychosocial Development scale Eric still had difficulty being independent I believe that part of this is due to his overbearing mother This has bled over into his inability to take responsibility for his schoolwork His mother seems to give him just enough rope to hang himself and just when he is about to make some progress she come racing in to place the blame on someone else What I mean is Eric will get really low grades and fail to
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