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Davidson Films

Overview
Works: 285 works in 940 publications in 2 languages and 15,041 library holdings
Genres: Educational films  Internet videos  Nonfiction films  Documentary films  Short films  Biographical films  Biography  Interviews  Science films  Filmed interviews 
Roles: Producer, prn
Classifications: PN1997, E
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Most widely held works by Davidson Films
Piaget's developmental theory : an overview by David Elkind( Visual )

98 editions published between 1966 and 2017 in English and French and held by 1,458 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

(Producer) Frequently cited as the most influential psychologist of the 20th century, Jean Piaget opened new areas of research with his interest in the evolution of thought processes. This production introduces the methods, specialized vocabulary and professional development of this eminent thinker. Watching children respond to the classical Piagetian tasks enables students to undrestand the concepts involved
Vygotsky's Developmental Theory : an Introduction by Elena Bodrova( Visual )

29 editions published between 1993 and 2014 in English and held by 803 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents Lev Vygotsky's early childhood learning theories and demonstrates them in classrooms. Development, according to Vygotsky, cannot be separated from its social context: it is misleading to evaluate children only on what they accomplish independently
B.F. Skinner : a Fresh Appraisal by Murray Sidman( Visual )

23 editions published between 1999 and 2014 in English and held by 644 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Other than Freud, no psychologist has been so discussed, critiqued, and, at times, maligned as B.F. Skinner. Using both archival and newer film, this program takes a penetrating look at who Skinner was and what he really said in his 20 books. Skinner⁰́₉s specialized terminology is introduced in context so students will understand how it was intended to be used and the research that produced it. In addition, the video lays to rest some myths and credits Skinner with contributions not often attributed to him. Murray Sidman, a colleague of Skinner⁰́₉s and thoughtful practitioner of behavioral analysis, narrates
Maria Montessori, her life and legacy by Annette M Haines( Visual )

13 editions published between 2004 and 2014 in English and held by 629 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Born more than 25 years before Piaget or Vygotsky, Maria Montessori understood the constructivistic nature of all learning. Montessori⁰́₉s conception of the changing roles the classroom environment and teacher should play for students of various ages is presented in this program through carefully shot film of toddler, preschool, elementary school, and secondary school classes at work in accredited Montessori schools. Students will also learn about Dr. Montessori⁰́₉s own dramatic life through archival visuals and will be challenged to consider what they think are the components of exemplary educational practice
Erik H. Erikson : A Life's Work by Frances W Davidson( Visual )

25 editions published between 1991 and 2014 in English and held by 582 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Using archival materials and newer footage, this program introduces students to the rich wisdom of Erik H. Erikson. Best known for his identification of the eight stages of the life cycle, Erikson spent a lifetime observing and studying the way in which the interplay of genetics, cultural influences, and unique experiences produces individual human lives. The video combines biographical information about Erikson with his theoretical proposals to give viewers an understanding of the relationship between the life experience of a theorist and the work that he produced. Narrated by Erikson's colleague Margaret Brenman-Gibson and Ruthie Mickles
Building mathematical competencies in early childhood( Visual )

5 editions published between 2012 and 2016 in English and held by 570 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This film deals with the WHY's, WHAT's, and HOW's of including rich, developmentally appropriate mathematics experiences for young children in Pre-Kindergarten classrooms
Aging successfully : the psychological aspects of growing old by Paul B Baltes( Visual )

18 editions published between 1997 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 557 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Developmental psychologists Paul and Margret Baltes proposed a model of adaptive competence for the entire life span, but the emphasis here is on old age. In this program, the Baltes illustrate their SOC (selection, optimization, and compensation) model with engaging vignettes of senior citizens leading fulfilling lives, including writers Betty Friedan and Joan Erikson and dancer Bud Mercer. Segments of the cognitive tests used in assessing the mental abilities of older people are shown as the Baltes discuss personality components that generally lead to positive aging experiences
Adolescent Cognition : Thinking in a New Key by David Elkind( Visual )

22 editions published between 1999 and 2011 in English and held by 527 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Referring to the work of Piaget, Erikson, Goffman and his own studies, David Elkind looks at the intellectual, emotional and social consequences that result from the changes in thinking as adolescents undergo the sometimes awkward transition into adult forms of thought
Growing Minds : cognitive development in early childhood by David Elkind( Visual )

13 editions published between 1995 and 2011 in English and held by 523 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Nothing in human experience is quite so astonishing as the enormous changes that occur during the five short years that transform the newborn into the actively curious, exploring kindergartner. This video examines the work of Lev Vygotsky and Jean Piaget, illuminating the similarities and differences of their contributions to our understanding of the cognitive development of young children."--Container
Bandura's Social Cognitive Theory : an Introduction by Albert Bandura( Visual )

11 editions published between 2003 and 2009 in English and held by 513 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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, to his recent work on self-efficacy, Bandura has given us a sense of how people actively shape their own lives and those of others. Utilizing archival materials and newly shot visuals, students will be introduced to the vocabulary and innovative methods of this influential thinker. Dr. Bandura's narration imbues this video with his compelling presentation style and intellectual authority
How children learn by Frances W Davidson( Visual )

16 editions published between 1197 and 2011 in English and held by 468 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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. Animation depicts the firing of synapses, the growth of dendrites and the concept of the brain plasticity, making the point that learning is as basic a human activity as breathing or eating. Designed to be used as an introduction to discussion of school and teaching practices, this film also serves as an introduction to the study of learning in introductory education and psychology classes
Mary Ainsworth : attachment and the growth of love by Robert S Marvin( Visual )

8 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 451 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This program reviews Mary Ainsworth's studies on attachment behavior and shows how attachment can lead to the growth of loving relationships
Building literacy competencies in early childhood by Deborah Leong( Visual )

11 editions published between 2000 and 2011 in English and held by 423 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With the growing reliance on computer-based communication and the return of public interest in early schooling, much attention is being paid to the attainment of literacy. Filmed in several multicultural preschool and kindergarten classrooms, this program reviews underlying cognitive, social, and physical requirements for all formal education and then presents the literacy-specific understandings and skills that have been widely cited but not always adequately described. Growing Minds presents an integrated vision of how the precursors of literacy stem from appropriate experiences provided by thoughtful adults to the children in their care
On old age. a conversation with Joan Erikson at 92( Visual )

12 editions published between 1995 and 2011 in English and held by 422 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this program, Joan M. Erikson describes her search for a better living situation for her frail husband, Erik H. Erikson, and then presents a poignant recounting of his subsequent death. She uses these experiences to suggest strategies to meet the physical and emotional needs of the fragile elderly and to support those who work with them. With a personal understanding of the challenges of old age, Mrs. Erikson revisits the eighth stage of the life cycle and proposes a new ninth stage for the changes that face the extremely elderly. The program concludes with Mrs. Erikson describing the difficulties of living into one's 90s without losing what she calls one's indomitable core
John Dewey -- his life and work by Larry A Hickman( Visual )

19 editions published between 2000 and 2014 in English and held by 374 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Overview of the life and work of the philosopher John Dewey, with emphasis on his analysis of human learning and writings on democracy
Older brains, new connections : a conversation with Marian Diamond at 73( Visual )

8 editions published between 2000 and 2011 in English and held by 355 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Marian Diamond's research indicates that given the right conditions, the brain continues to grow all during life and not just in the early years. In this program, Dr. Diamond presents a summary of her research and its practical implications in her cordial, accessible manner. Topics include research into the genetic components of Alzheimer's disease, the exciting discoveries that the brain can generate new neurons, her research into the brain's role in autoimmune disorders, and data from longitudinal studies of aging nuns. In addition, she provides suggestions for applying this knowledge and shares her own fitness plan to keep her body--including her brain--healthy
These Vital Years : a Conversation with Betty Friedan at 76( Visual )

10 editions published between 1994 and 2011 in English and held by 341 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Betty Friedan, who originally gained fame for her pivotal role in the Women⁰́₉s Movement of the 1960s and ⁰́₉70s, continued to be an insightful and outspoken social critic for the rest of her life. In this program, Friedan discusses the research she did about the myths and realities of aging and her personal experience of being over 70. Her zesty style of speaking and her sharp analysis of long-accepted yet mistaken beliefs about aging make this video a stimulating and provocative experience
William James : The Psychology of Possibility by John J McDermott( Visual )

8 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 322 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

William James, more than anyone else, was responsible for introducing the wide range of topics that now make up the broad field of psychology. This program presents some of James⁰́₉s most important formulations, including his discussions of habit, consciousness, will, and religious experience, as well as what he referred to as the fringe of experience: the hunches, inexpressible feelings, and haunting memories that influence thoughts and actions. An interview with a young recovering alcoholic and an account of James⁰́₉s own struggle with suicidal depression make this video an emotionally moving experience as well as an instructional one for students
Using What We Know : Applying Piaget's Developmental Theory( Visual )

6 editions published between 1991 and 2011 in English and held by 303 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The opening line of this upbeat program is ⁰́Teaching is both an art and a science.⁰́₊ Filmed in three disparate but remarkable classrooms, the video illustrates how effective learning takes place when teachers combine their knowledge of child development, subject matter, and cognitive psychology. The three teachers combine music and graphic arts with reading, writing, and mathematics lessons in order to fully engage their students⁰́₉ minds
Human brain development : nature and nurture, with Helen Neville, Ph. D.( Visual )

5 editions published between 2007 and 2011 in English and held by 273 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The fascinating interplay of genetic predispositions and experience in the development of the brain after birth is demonstrated in this program filmed at the Brain Development Laboratory at the University of Oregon. Three profiles of plasticity are depicted with compelling footage of behavioral, MRI, and EEG research into the development of visual perception and language acquisition from infancy through old age. A congenitally Deaf young woman, university students with unimpaired hearing, and lively preschool children participate in controlled studies that illustrate both how neuroscience research is conducted and how all brains change over time and circumstance
 
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