Week 2 – Discussion 1
Your initial discussion thread is due on Day 3 (Thursday) and you have until Day 7 (Monday) to respond to your classmates. Your grade will reflect both the quality of your initial post and the depth of your responses. Refer to the Discussion Forum Grading Rubric under the Settings icon above for guidance on how your discussion will be evaluated.
The Theory of Mind
Watch the following short film, theory of mind.mov (Links to an external site.) (transcript ), which demonstrates the theory of mind using a juice box experiment.
At around four years of age, a fundamental change occurs in children’s understanding of others’ behaviors or what is also called theory of mind. Using your knowledge from our readings, watch the video to determine which stage both Jacob and Patrick are currently in respectively.
Discuss both Jacob’s and Patrick’s reaction to the “mean monkey.” What stage would Erickson say each child is in? How do these different stages influence their values and attitudes? Do you think it is possible for a child over the age of three to have trouble understanding that his or her beliefs can be false? Explain your reasoning.
Your initial post should be at least 250 words in length. Review all of your classmates’ posts and respond to at least two classmates by Day 7. Include how you would explain to a child how his or her beliefs could be incorrect. Give specific examples that would be appropriate for a three- to five-year-old child.
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