Date of Award

5-2008

Level of Access

Campus-Only Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Human Development

Advisor

Sandra L. Caron

Second Committee Member

Julie Dellamattera

Third Committee Member

Gary Schilmoeller

Abstract

This study analyzed the content of 10 animated feature length Disney films for teachable moments for parents to utilize. The research looked for the most common teachable moments that were presented in the top ten Disney movies and how common these teachable moments were across the ten movies. The 10 animated, feature length films that were analyzed were: Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, Cars, Finding Nemo, The Lion King, Monsters, INC., Ratatouille, Tarzan, Toy Story, and Toy Story 2. The films were analyzed to find out what teachable moments these films had, and how common they were. The results showed 42 teachable moments under five broad categories of selfdevelopment, political/world/religion, education, social development, and harm reduction. The broad categories held between 15 and 4 teachable moments. Each of the ten movies had teachable moments with the top film having 33 moments and the least film having 24. The study found that there were 10 common teachable moments that were present in all of the films. The results of this study describe the teachable moments and also discuss implications for parents.

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