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Analysis of Kindergarten Cop Learning and Motivation

Uploaded by Jim.Dude.2 on Apr 14, 2007

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The purpose of the present study was to analyze the motion picture Kindergarten Cop, such that predominant themes in learning and motivation could be identified and discussed. Analysis suggests a range of learning techniques and motivational strategies were employed by the educators, though operant conditioning forms the basis of learning and motivation, with aspects of social cognitive learning and information processing theories also developed. There is a definite focus on closed, specific strategies rather then discovery learning, most likely due to the nature of the educator, and greater emphasis appears to be placed on behaviour control then actual learning. Future studies should endeavor to tailor learning strategies to specific tasks, as this appears to be the most effective method.

Analysis of Learning and Motivation in Motion Picture Film Kindergarten Cop.

Discerning the relationship between the educator, the learner and the environment has been a fundamental aim in educational psychology for some time. It is little wonder then, that numerous studies have been conducted to identify effective teaching and motivational strategies that ensure a strong association between these three forces. The aim of the current study is to identify, analyze and evaluate the relationship between the educator, the learner and the educational setting portrayed in the movie Kindergarten Cop, so that primary themes in learning and motivation can be identified and explained.

The movie itself follows the exploits of two tough minded, under cover detectives John Kimble and Phoebe O’Hara, as they attempt to pin down long time drug dealer and suspected murderer Cullen Crisp. Kimble initially arrests Crisp for murder, but since their key witness is an unreliable substance abuser, the detectives go in search of Crisp’s former wife (Rachel) and son (Cullen, Jr.) , who are hiding somewhere in Astoria Oregon, to strengthen their case. Unfortunately, the police only know the approximate age of Cullen Jr., and possess almost no information about the mother.

In order to identify the child, O’Hara is to pose as a substitute kindergarten teacher. However, on the trip to the school she becomes violently ill, forcing the ungainly 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 medium of study, since it follows the learning and motivation of both the educator and the student, and depicts the strategies and...

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Uploaded by:   Jim.Dude.2

Date:   04/14/2007

Category:   Psychology

Length:   15 pages (3,266 words)

Views:   6082

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