Film Analysis Of The Film 'Akeelah And The Bee'

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The film “Akeelah and the Bee” delves into the life of an 11-year-old African American girl who appears to have a natural knack for spelling. Akeelah’s sociocultural environment proves to be an impediment to the development of her skill, due to it forcing her to attend a school that does not have sufficient funding’s. Furthermore, being intellectually inclined makes her out to be an outcast. However, through various mentors and new-found determination, Akeelah can harness her formidable spelling abilities, while experiencing joy and victory during the process. This analysis will explore the youth in Akeelah and the Bee, from a developmental perspective while applying the theories of Vygotsky and Ainsworth to further defend my observations. These observations will include the seemingly vital role of an adult during child maturation, the child’s connection to said adult, their response to restrictions and the benefits of play-based learning. Across all aspects and various lenses of development it is evident that children from birth until adolescence require guidance. In contrast, some theorists such a Piaget suggest that children are vastly independent and do not require parental or adult assistance for majority of their development. However, theorists such as Vygotsky believe otherwise. As Vygotsky was discussed during lecture, his developmental theory surrounding the methods of which children learn was a main focus. Namely, the methods of which children learn with adult
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