1. Watch one of the four videos on intelligence and/or language according to your interest.
2. Post a viewing reflection about the film here. Make sure to draw clear links to developmental theory in your response. You may start the discussion, bring in new ideas, and/or respond to previous posts. Support your response with specif examples and related course materials (lecture, textbook, discussion, etc.)
3. Respond to one other person's post/discussion.
The grade is based on the quality of the reflection and the number of pertinent links to the various forms of course content (lecture/online/textbook/media).
Learning Goals: Better understand the complex nature of intelligence, language acquisition, how to foster it, and critiques of how to evaluate it. Reply
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Re: Intelligence: Forum #3 by Ashley Garman - Thursday, 30 May 2013, 8:40 PM
I watched the film on intelligence and creativity. I enjoyed the film, and the depth it added to Gardener’s theory of Multiple Intelligences. I found the Montesorri approach to be especially interesting and Piaget-like. In this type of teaching, the teachers are more of facilitators. They are there to encourage and assist the students in reaching their full potential. It also focuses on intrapersonal and interpersonal intelligence, such as self-regulation and empathy. I can see the influences of Piaget in the idea that children will seek out what they need to learn, and are the leaders of their education.
The theory of Mulitple Intelligences also brings to mind Gallup’s StrengthFinder test, in which they have identified 34 strengths or “themes” that individuals have in unique combinations. It plays off of similar ideas that there is uniqueness to individuals, and that all people do not have to fit into one mold. Show parent | Reply
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Re: Intelligence: Forum #3 by Rachel Kozloski - Friday, 31 May 2013, 12:14 AM
I watched the video on Language Development in Early Childhood. I thought it was very interesting to see how crucial it was for babies and toddlers to have parents help them talk. There were a lot of terms and theories that goes with this video. That even at a young age kid’s first languages accent will be present when they speak more than one language. That they have language socialization at a young age and they use this socialization with their peers differently from their parents. Even though babies may not be able to speak, they pick up the sounds adults make and from there are able to learn how to talk and speak correctly as they grow and learn.
It was interesting to see how two girls roughly of the same age could converse. One could clearly say what the answer was and hold a conversation, but the other could only use really use indirect language. She was able to understand what was being asked but could only point to the answer or somehow show what she was going to do. Show parent | Reply
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Re: Intelligence: Forum #3 by Laura Fromuth - Friday, 31 May 2013, 8:18 AM
I watched the first film on intelligence and IQ. The film was addressing the debate over something called “hot-housing”, which is essentially beginning a child’s formal education at an early age (say 3/4 as compared to 5/6). The theory is built upon the notion that right from birth, children’s brains are much more plastic [accommodating] to new knowledge and therefore they have an increased ability to learn and retain information. Hot-housing is centered on 3 “pillars”: Rapid growth of synapses, providing a stimulating environment, and the existence of critical periods. The film chronicles the experience of a woman visiting the Better Baby Institute in Philadelphia as she hopes to gain techniques to use for increasing the IQ of her two sons. This is a very Vygotskian approach to learning, where the adults