For this Write-up, please refer to the Theory Application Project Rubric for information about the Write-up due at the end of the course. Be sure to carefully read the entire description below so you understand the big picture before embarking on any of the smaller steps, which are provided to help you manage your time and this course-long deadline.
NOTES: Please see the Thinking Ahead Rubric for assessment criteria.
See the Schedule in the Syllabus Module for due dates. Review the Rubric attached to the Write-up Submission Folder for grading information.
The Theory Application Project offers you the opportunity to creatively apply your understanding of the theories and developmental stages covered in this course to a movie character of your choice. You will watch one of the movies listed below from the perspective of a developmental theorist. This gives you an opportunity to dig deeper into one of the major theories/theorist we studied this semester and apply that theory in a more concrete manner. Please choose only ONE theory or theorist to focus on. You may reference other theories/theorists, but you must focus on ONE overall theory or theorist for the article. Make sure that you state which theory and movie character you will be using in your introduction paragraph. You will also include a solid description of the theory in the first few paragraphs to give the rest of the article context. Choose only one character to focus on. Pretend you are writing a case study on the character from the perspective of the theory that you choose. Below are some examples of movies broken down by developmental stage.
Boyhood (2014) – R
My Girls (1991) – PG
We the Animals (2018) – R
Parenthood (1989) – PG13
Akeelah and the Bee (2006) – PG
Adolescence and Emerging Adulthood:
Lady Bird (2017) – R
The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012) – PG13
Our Song (2000) – R
Real Women Have Curves (2002) – PG13
The Notebook (2004) – PG13
Raising Victor Vargas (2002) – R
Beautiful Boy (2018) – R
Early and Middle Adulthood:
Parenthood (1989) – PG13
Eat, Pray, Love (2010) – PG13
Dan in Real Life (2007) – PG13
The Pursuit of Happiness (2006) – PG13
The Squid and the Whale (2005) – R
Soul Food (1997) – R
The Father of the Bride (1991) – PG
Stand and Deliver (1988) – PG
It’s Complicated (2009) – R
The Notebook (2004) – PG13
The Bucket List (2007) – PG13
Driving Miss Daisy (1989) – PG
Up (2009) – PG
Hope Springs (2012) – PG13
Examples of developmental theories/theorist include the following: Erikson’s Psychological Theory (Stages); Learning Theories (Behaviorism/Skinner); Social-Cognitive Theory (Bandura); Cognitive Theories (Piaget); Socialcultural Theory (Vygotsky); Information Processing Theory; Ethology and Evolutionary Biological Psychology; and Ecological Systems Theory (Bronfenbrenner).
It is strongly recommended that you choose your theory/theorist before watching the movie and do enough research to feel comfortable with the theory/theorist. You will have to use outside sources beyond the textbook to get a more comprehensive understanding to the theory/theorist. You will then be able to find solid examples of the observed developmental stages that fit the theory. You can choose to watch a movie other than those listed above, but you must get approval from your instructor. If you do not get approval, you will not earn credit for the project. Please know that some of these movies have offensive language, graphic scenes, and so on. It is fully your responsibility to do research into the film content before viewing it if you are concerned about these issues. I accept no responsibility for any negative impacts these movies may have on you, because it is up to you to make an informed decision about which movie to watch.
Your Write-up should have a strong integration of both theory and movie excerpts throughout the article. I do not want a summary of the movie. I want an explanation of the observed developmental stages presented in the movie and examples to support them. For each example you provide, please say how or why that example fits the theory. If a particular example does not fit the model, please include a few sentences about how it does not fit. There will likely be some parts of the movie or the characters that do not fit the model well. In this case, feel free to talk a bit about another theory/theorist that might better explain the developmental stage.
Cite your source throughout the article and provide a reference page, all of which MUST be in correct APA format. Please use www.apastyle.org, The Purdue OWL, or your home college writing lab if you are not familiar with APA. As part of APA style, you will include a cover page, reference page, headers with page numbers, 12-point Times New Roman font, 1-ince margins, double spaced, and so forth. There is no need to include an abstract.
Similar to your academic articles, The Theory Application Project is run through TurnItIn after it is submitted to the Write-up folder. TurnItIn alerts instructors to the possibility of plagiarism, but also provides you with a similarity score. You may not have a similarity score of more than 20%. If you have a similarity score above 20%, please correct this by doing more paraphrasing (you must still cite when paraphrasing) in your write-up and resubmitting it prior to the due date listed in the Course Schedule.
– The minimum word count for this article is 2,000 words.
– You must include at least five sources, two of which must come from academic journals.
– Your Write-up must also include an introduction, body paragraphs, and a conclusion. College-level writing is required.
– There will be a few small steps to take throughout the semester in writing the article. Remember, each of these steps will be graded as part of your overall points for the project: