Academic Exchange Quarterly Fall 2000 Volume 4, Issue 3
Film as a Medium for Analysis in a Graduate Psychology Course
Rosaria Caporrimo, Queens College/Queensborough CC, CUNY
This paper presents the author's experience using film as a pedagogical tool in a graduate Psychology of Adolescence course. Two films depicted early adolescence and two films illustrated late adolescence. Students analyzed characters, situations, and issues in the films using psychological theories of adolescent development and focused on several main themes. These included parenting styles; theories of identity development; the values of school, family, and peer groups; and issues related to gender and ethnicity. Students concentrated their analyses on the socio-political-economic-historical context of each film.