This is a PBS NOVA transcript of a program on "Genie," a child reared in isolation.
Type of Material:
This would be useful as additional reading when language development is being discussed. Specific statements within the transcript might also be useful to start a discussion, especially if students have viewed the video, 'Secret of the Wild Child'.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
This site provides information on one of the most famous case studies and accidental 'experiments' that has greatly influenced our understanding of the role of early environment in the development of language. It is relevant to a discussion of the effects of isolation and lack of sensory input on development, particularly language development. It is also useful in illustrating the case study method of research, as well as the ethics of researchers involved in the case.
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Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
This is the transcript of a NOVA program. NOVA programs are known for their quality of content and the content here is no exception. The information provided on Genie goes far beyond what is offered in texts and will aid the student in understanding her tragic story.
Reading the transcript of a program isn't a great substitute for viewing the program itself. The pictures and videotape clips of Genie are much more powerful (for both emotional and learning reasons) than simply reading the transcript.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
The instructor and/or students may read this transcript and pick up the essential points of the program for discussion of the effects of isolation on (especially language) development, research ethics, or demonstration of a case study.
For use as a teaching tool, a copy of the video to use alone or in conjunction with the transcript would be much more powerful for students to see.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
Nothing more needed than a computer and internet to access the transcript. Thus, an instructor may pull up this page during an in-class discussion (if the technical requirements are available in the classroom) or s/he may have the students read this on their own (either for a face-to-face class or online class assignment).
Minor concerns in this category including: (1) the transcript is quite lengthy and students may not want to read it in its entirety (not to mention that some individuals don't like to read web pages preferring instead print media); and (2) Probably more directives needed from the instructor about what to look for in the transcript and what the background of the transcript is (than would be needed if simply showing the video). More information and graphics would make the site more appealing.
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