Film Analysis

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Watch a movie or television program that characterizes any of the concepts included in this course. Investigate the cultural messages related to course concepts by watching and critically evaluating a contemporary movie (in the theater or on DVD) or television program. You should include the following components in your analysis:


Briefly describe the movie’s plot.


Analyze the main characters using the concepts presented in this course through the reading assignments and research. Describe the lead characters, focusing on physical and personality characteristics. Include how the movie portrayed the leading female and male actors? Were there any stereotypes? ...view middle of the document...

However, on the trip to the school she becomes violently ill, forcing the stern Kimble to take her place. From there, the movie depicts the relationship that builds between the kindergarten students and their new teacher, and the eventual learning outcomes for both. As such, Kindergarten Cop presents an ideal situation to study, since it follows the learning and motivation of both the educator and the student, and depicts the strategies and relationships that are employed to ensure they both achieve.

Both of the main characters are portrayed as tough, street-smart cops, which is a stereotype that is usually portrayed in films regarding undercover agents.

The model of operant conditioning is used in the film by the main character, John Kimble. When he is teaching the kindergarten class, one child eats the lunches of his fellow students, and Kimble reprimands the child using an aggressive and angry tone, ordering the child to “stop it” (Reitman, 1990). So, the student receives a negative consequence in the removal of a praise and attention, and is likely to develop negative affect in the form of disappointment, decreased self-esteem and self-worth because of it. Thus, the child is motivated to return to positive affect by avoiding future negative consequences and eliciting the desired behavior in order to gain positive rewards. Through this example it becomes clear that operant conditioning serves dual roles in both learning and motivation. Indeed, as the student is rewarded for engaging in certain behaviors, they are also being motivated extrinsically to repeat those behaviors, and thus inherently increase the likelihood that learning will take place.
Another example of operant conditioning is when Kimble uses a whistle in order to get the children’s attention and follow his commands. When the students...

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