What Were The Decisions And How Did They Figure Out What To Do Psy 105 Crt Wk 3


Adolescents and adults are forced to make a variety of decisions every day that will impact their lives. Some of these decisions may be based on abstract and logical thinking (formal stage), but others require dialectical thought (post-formal stage).

For this task, you must interview family and friends and ask them to describe various situations in which they had to make important decisions (e.g., buying a car or home, which college to attend, or who to date/marry). It would be best if you interviewed at least one person between ages 15-20 and one person older than 30 years.

Ask them to describe at least three of their biggest decisions:

  • What were the decisions and how did they figure out what to do (e.g., made a list of pros/cons; figured out how to benefit from the expected consequences; based the decision on previous experiences of theirs/others)?
  • Did parents/teachers/friends help them to decide, and if so, how?
  • Did they make the best decision based on what they knew at the time?
  • What would they do differently if deciding today?   

For this assignment, write an essay about the following:

Evaluate the stories you collected; then, for each person determine:

  1. If you would classify them as formal operational or post-formal operational, based on how they made their decisions (i.e., basically, using concepts in formal thinking, dialectical/post-formal thinking, or a combination of both).
  2. What is the evidence for your evaluation? 
  3. Based on the answer to the last question above (whether they would do it differently), are they still in the formal stage or have they progressed to post-formal?

Support what you write using the textbook and scholarly articles.

In addition to developing a 2-3 page paper based on the above instructions, include an accompanying slide presentation consisting of 2-3 slides in PowerPoint or a similar format that include a summary of your classification on the interviewee’s decision-making. Be sure to list your rationale for the classification choice and identify the stage of Piagetian cognitive development for each case mentioned in your interviews. Be creative in your slides and include speaker’s notes or a script for each slide. You may optionally choose to include audio commentary (instead of notes) and/or relevant graphics.


  • Write a 2-3 page paper based on the above instructions, not counting the required title and reference pages.
  • Format your paper according to the CSU-Global Guide to Writing and APA Requirements.
  • Support your analysis with at least three scholarly references, which may include resources from this course. The CSU-Global Library is a good place to find these sources.

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