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.