Bronfenbrenner's Child Ecological Theory Analytical Essay by gracielou

Bronfenbrenner's Child Ecological Theory
Looks at Urie Bronfenbrenner's ecological systems theory that explains a child's developmental process including the emergence of the individual within a constantly changing environment.
# 149344 | 1,670 words | 4 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Dec 07, 2011 in Psychology (Child and Adolescent) , Psychology (Theory)

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This paper explains that Urie Bronfenbrenner's ecological theory presents a research model, which differs from other models, in that it focuses on the inter-correlation of the individual to his environment over the entire developmental process rather than looking at specific time frames. Next the author describes the microsystem, the mesosystem, the exosystem, the macrosystem and the later added the chronosystem that compose Bronfenbrenner's theory, The paper concludes by applying Bronfenbrenner's theory to the author's own life.

From the Paper:

"After leaving home I began to develop a richer understanding for who I was and what I was able to achieve. It was the negativity and lack of support from my family that harnessed it to fuel my drive for ultimate educational success. After graduating college with my bachelors in criminal justice, I immediately enrolled into a graduate program; obtaining my masters in law and public policy a year and a half later. Although I am very satisfied with my accomplishment, I feel that my intentions to get into a masters program without doing much research was fueled by the pressure from my microsystem, as opposed to thinking about my future career path.
"The purpose of the mesosystem is to explain how the different environments in the microsystem correlate with each other. In my case, my home life had some negative events while growing up, but without any significant traumatic events. The negative events that transpired while growing up did hinder my ability to achieve good grades in high school, but for my sake I had the drive to want to continue my education."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Berk, L.E. (2008). Child Development (8th ed.). Boston: Allyn and Bacon.
  • Bronfenbrenner, U. (1977). Toward an experimental ecology of human development. American Psychologist, 32(7), 513-531. doi:10.1037/0003-066X.32.7.513.
  • Bronfenbrenner, U. (1986). Ecology of the family as a context for human development: Research perspectives. Developmental Psychology, 22(6), 723-742. doi 10.1037/0012-1649.22.6.723.
  • Crandell, T. L., Crandell, C. H., & Vander Zanden, J. W. (2009). Human development (9th ed.). Boston: McGraw-Hill Higher Education.

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