Babies 2010 Film Reflection Essay




The film follows four children from different parts of the world as they develop over the first year of life. The four children and their locations are:

  • Ponijao from Opuwo, Namibia
  • Bayar from Bayanchandmani, Mongolia
  • Mari from Tokyo, Japan
  • Hattie from San Francisco, U.S.Assignment Instructions.
    Using evidence presented in the film, answer this question:
    What is the role of culture in experience-expectant and experience-dependent development?To help organize your thoughts, choose three cultural themes from the list below to discuss in relation to this prompt:

    • The birth process and childcare practices (feeding, clothing, diapering, supervision, etc.)
    • Relationships with caregivers (number of caregivers, warmth, availability, quality, etc.)
    • Cognitive and motor stimulation in the environment (the role of toys, objects, animals, etc.)
    • Role of social interactions with siblings, friends, or others in the community
    • Another cultural theme that strikes you as especially interestingFor each cultural theme, cite examples from the film of specific developmental milestones or processes that we’ve addressed in class (e.g., emergence of language, motor skills, self-regulation, peer relationships, cognition, etc.) and discuss the role of culture in how children develop toward these milestones. Make sure your discussion of each cultural theme supports your overall thesis about the role of culture in experience- expectant and experience-dependent development. Be sure to end the essay with a conclusion in which you address the larger question – to what extent does culture impact experience-expectant and experience-dependent development?Your essay should be 4-5 pages long (4 pages minimum, 5 maximum) and typed in double-spaced, size 12 font with 1-inch margins. Practice parsimony and please limit your writing to 5 pages.


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