Little Miss Sunshine : Vygotsky 's Sociocultural Theory

1885 WordsOct 31, 20168 Pages
Not long after aspiring beauty queen Olive Hoover learns that she has qualified for the Little Miss Sunshine beauty contest, her entire family takes the road in their Volkswagen camper to make the trip from Albuquerque to California. Her family, which includes her level-headed mother Sheryl, her goal-oriented father, Richard, Dwayne, her brother - who has taken a vow of silence until he can go to flying school, her grandpa and coach Edwin, and her suicidal uncle Frank, will do whatever it takes to get Olive to the pageant on time. Unfortunately, along the way, the family hits a few bumps in the road; their van breaks down, Olive is left behind at a gas station and Edwin passes away. They eventually make it to the pageant - although the pageant itself does not quite go as planned. Throughout this analysis, I will be viewing the film Little Miss Sunshine through Vygotsky’s Sociocultural Theory and looking into examples of adult-child relationships, child capacities and self-regulation. As a child, the adults around you greatly influence you as you grow up. In lecture, we discussed how cognitive development is driven by collaborative dialogues with more knowledgeable members of society. In Little Miss Sunshine, Olive’s development is largely influenced by her family, mostly her father Richard and her grandpa Edwin. Arguably, the adult-child relationship that leaves the most meaning impression on Olive, is the one between her and her father - even if it is not always a positive
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