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Piaget’s Developmental Theory: An Overview
Part of the Series: Giants of Psychology
The work of Jean Piaget has become the foundation of current developmental psychology and the basis for changes in educational practice. David Elkind, author of The Hurried Child and Miseducation, and a student of Jean Piaget, explores the roots of…
Vygotsky’s Developmental Theory - An Introduction
Part of the Series: Giants of Psychology
The work of Lev Vygotsky is increasingly cited as we reconsider the theory and practice of constructivist education. This program introduces the life, vocabulary and concepts of Lev Vygotsky. The video illustrates four basic concepts integral to his work: Children…
John Bowlby - Attachment Theory Across Generations
Part of the Series: Giants of Psychology
Positive intimate relationships with spouses, relatives and friends are incredibly important to mental health in adulthood. John Bowlby's Attachment Theory shows how relational patterns set early in life affect emotional bonds later in life. This film's focus is on attachment…
The Emotional Brain - An Introduction to Affective Neuroscience
Part of the Series: Neuroscience
Emotions color our everyday individual existence and shape all aspects of our interpersonal and intellectual experiences. In this film, animations and fMRI images introduce students to what we now know about the sub-cortical emotional circuits in the brain and chemical…
Bandura’s Social Cognitive Theory - An Introduction
Part of the Series: Giants of Psychology
Treading new ground in the field of social psychology, Albert Bandura's work has become basic to an understanding of how social forces influence individuals, small groups and large groups. From his early BoBo doll experiments through his work with phobias,…
Mary Ainsworth - Attachment and the Growth of Love
Part of the Series: Giants of Psychology
Mary Ainsworth's "Strange Situation" is now basic to understandings of infant-parent interactions and, thus, later emotional development. Working in close collaboration with the British psychiatrist John Bowlby, Ainsworth gave us new understandings of the huge impact very early emotional experiences…
Aging Successfully - Psychological Aspects of Growing Old
Part of the Series: Gerontology
Systematic examination of old age is a new field inspired by the unprecedented number of people living long enough to become elderly. Developmental psychologists Paul and Margret Baltes have proposed a model of adaptive competence for the entire life span,…
Erik H. Erikson: A Life’s Work
Part of the Series: Giants of Psychology
Narrated by Erikson's colleague, Margaret Brenman-Gibson, Ph.D. and Ruthie Mickles, Ph.D. Using archival materials and newly shot footage, this film introduces students to the rich wisdom of Erik H. Erikson. Best known for his identification of the eight stages of…
Maria Montessori: Her Life and Legacy
Part of the Series: Giants of Psychology
Born more than 25 years before Piaget or Vygotsky, Maria Montessori understood the constructivistic nature of all learning. As she observed children building their understanding of the world, she developed materials and approaches to education that are now used, in…
Play: A Vygotskian Approach
Part of the Series: Early Childhood Education
This film offers both theoretical and practical perspectives on dramatic play. Using enchanting sequences of young children playing house, doctor's office, rescue squadron, and trick or treating, the theoretical positions of Lev Vygotsky and other prominent theorists have taken in…
B.F. Skinner - A Fresh Appraisal
Part of the Series: Giants of Psychology
Other than Freud, no psychologist has been so discussed, critiqued and, at times, maligned as B.F. Skinner. Using both archival and new film, this video takes a new look at who the man was, and what he really said in…
Scaffolding Self-Regulated Learning in Primary Classrooms
Part of the Series: Constructivism
Building on the ideas of Lev Vygotsky and Jerome Bruner, the consultants for this film worked with teachers in urban schools to foster self-regulated learning. This production presents both the theoretical underpinnings of their work and its results. Viewers visit…
How Children Learn
Part of the Series: Early Childhood Education
Using animation and jargon-free narration, this charming film summarizes what is currently known about learning from brain research, cognitive development research and contemporary educational practice. Designed to be used as an introduction to discussion of school and teaching practices, this…
Making Sense of Sensory Information
Part of the Series: Neuroscience
For thousands of years, humans have asked if we perceive the world accurately through our senses. Because seeing is so important for our functioning in the world, efforts to understand how perceptions are generated have most often focused on vision.…
Adolescent Cognition - Thinking in a New Key
Part of the Series: Constructivism
It is not just teenage bodies that undergo tremendous changes in adolescence; young minds begin working in new ways that sometimes cause awkward situations just as do the newly elongated legs or deeper voices. Referring to the work of Piaget,…
Human Brain Development - Nature and Nurture
Part of the Series: Neuroscience
The fascinating interplay of genetic predispositions and experience in the development of the brain after birth is demonstrated in this film produced at the Brain Development Laboratory at the University of Oregon. Three profiles of plasticity are depicted with compelling…
Building Literacy Competencies in Early Childhood
Part of the Series: Early Childhood Education
We have always wanted all children to read and write fluently. But with our growing dependence on computer based communication and the return of public interest in early schooling, much attention is being paid to the attainment of literacy. Fortunately,…
Discovering the Human Brain - New Pathways to Neuroscience
Part of the Series: Neuroscience
Using the resources of the UCLA Brain Mapping Center, this film illustrates the development of neuroscience from its classical reliance on information from brain injuries and autopsies through the new insights discovered with electronic microscopes, EEG equipment, PET scans and…
Nourishing Language Development in Early Childhood
Part of the Series: Early Childhood Education
Using vignettes filmed at an exemplary children's center, students are introduced to the vocabulary of language studies. Dr. Honig describes the development of spoken language in infancy, toddlerhood and early childhood. She details strategies caregivers should use to nourish language…
John Dewey - An Introduction to His Life and Work
Part of the Series: Giants of Psychology
John Dewey wrote extensively about philosophy, psychology, education, political science, and the arts. In his very full 92 years of life (1859-1952), he not only wrote about the breadth of life, he participated in it as a teacher, social critic,…