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Davidson Films

Works: 282 works in 853 publications in 2 languages and 14,851 library holdings
Genres: Educational films  Internet videos  Nonfiction films  Documentary films  Short films  Biographical films  Biography  Interviews  Filmed interviews  History 
Roles: Producer, prn
Classifications: PN1997, 155.418
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Davidson Films
Piaget's developmental theory : an overview by David Elkind( Visual )

83 editions published between 1966 and 2014 in English and French and held by 1,503 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 )

25 editions published between 1993 and 2014 in English and held by 810 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents Lev Vygotsky's early childhood learning theories and demonstrates them in classrooms. Focuses on the centrality of social context to development in Vygotsky's thought and argues that it is misleading to evaluate children only on what they accomplish independently. Illustrates four basic concepts from Vygotsky's work: children construct knowledge, learning can lead to development, development cannot be separated from its social context, and language plays a central role in mental development
B.F. Skinner : a Fresh Appraisal by Murray Sidman( Visual )

18 editions published between 1999 and 2014 in English and held by 639 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An appraisal of the life and accomplishments of B.F. Skinner
Maria Montessori, her life and legacy by Annette M Haines( Visual )

10 editions published between 2004 and 2014 in English and held by 610 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Building on the ideas she first developed in a day care center in the slums of Rome, Montessori developed a system of education that is in use today around the world
Erik H. Erikson : A Life's Work by Frances W Davidson( Visual )

22 editions published between 1991 and 2014 in English and held by 566 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Using archival materials and newly shot footage, this film introduces the rich wisdom of Erik H. Erikson. Best known for his identification of 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. This film combines biographical information about Erikson with his theoretical proposals to present an understanding of the relationship between the life experience of a theorist and the work that is produced
Growing Minds : cognitive development in early childhood by David Elkind( Visual )

12 editions published between 1995 and 2011 in English and held by 533 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 film 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. Dr. David Elkind uses their research and his own work to look at three aspects of intellectual growth: reasoning, visual perception, and language use. Children are seen both in interview situations and busily participating in an accredited child care center to illustrate Dr. Elkind's points about their ever-changing intellectual abilities
Adolescent Cognition : Thinking in a New Key by David Elkind( Visual )

17 editions published between 1999 and 2011 in English and held by 523 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Referring to the work of Piaget, Erikson, and Goffman, David Elkind looks at the intellectual, emotional and social changes during adolescence. This video includes footage in a public middle school and structured interviews illustrating the intellectual challenges adolescents face as they construct personal identities and new mental capacities
Aging successfully : psychological aspects of growing old by Paul B Baltes( Visual )

15 editions published between 1997 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 515 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
Bandura's social cognitive theory : an introduction by Albert Bandura( Visual )

10 editions published between 2003 and 2009 in English and held by 496 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dr. Albert Bandura presents his social cognitive theory of human behavior and includes footage of the Bobo doll experiment and his snake phobia work
How children learn by Frances W Davidson( Visual )

14 editions published between 1197 and 2011 in English and held by 466 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
On old age. a conversation with Joan Erikson at 92( Visual )

8 editions published between 1995 and 2011 in English and held by 417 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
Building literacy competencies in early childhood by Deborah Leong( Visual )

11 editions published between 2000 and 2011 in English and held by 413 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
Play : a Vygotskian approach by Elena Bodrova( Visual )

19 editions published between 1994 and 2013 in English and held by 385 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Program based in part on a paper written by Lev Vygotsky ("Play and its role in the mental development of the child") in 1933. Assimilating ideas from other thinkers, insights on the role of play in the cognitive development of young children. Discusses the affective/emotional, cognitive and social benefits of play. Examines how Vygotsky traced the development of play in children from infancy through later childhood. Offers strategies for fostering quality play
John Dewey -- his life and work by Larry A Hickman( Visual )

16 editions published between 2000 and 2014 in English and held by 380 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This production is organized around three topics: Dewey's analysis of learning, his understanding of truth as a process and his faith in democracy, thus reflecting the breadth and depth of his work
Building mathematical competencies in early childhood( Visual )

4 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 379 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
Mary Ainsworth : attachment and the growth of love by Robert S Marvin( Visual )

8 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 378 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
These Vital Years : a Conversation with Betty Friedan at 76( Visual )

8 editions published between 1994 and 2011 in English and held by 325 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Betty Friedan, who originally gained fame for her pivotal role in the Women's Movement of the 1960s and '70s, 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
Older brains, new connections : a conversation with Marian Diamond at 73( Visual )

5 editions published between 2000 and 2011 in English and held by 308 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Dr. Marian Diamond is widely recognized for her seminal work in the effects of enriched environments on brain growth in rats. She continues to teach and to do research in the area of neurophysiology, and her research indicates that the brain continues to grow all during life given the right conditions, rather than just in the early years. She presents an accessible summary of this research and its practical implications, discusses Alzheimer's Disease, and shares her fitness plan to keep her body and brain healthy"--Container
William James : The Psychology of Possibility by John J McDermott( Visual )

6 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 295 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 James's 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 James's 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 )

5 editions published between 1991 and 2011 in English and held by 279 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Discusses teaching techniques and curriculum planning based upon Piaget's theories of child development. Focuses on the physical organization and rules of the classroom, the personality of the teacher, and the importance of the teacher's understanding of the child's learning process at each stage of development. Features three teachers cited as exemplary examples of these principles
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