The Bronfenbrenner Theory

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The composition of Urie Bronfenbrenner’s ecological theory cultivate a framework to study the numerous connections between the developing child from mother and father relationships to the environment, community settings, cultural influences and financial factors. The four levels of environmental stimuli the micro- , meso- , exo- and macrosystems, each intermingled within one another representing degrees of personal connections. Change and constancy are mediated by the passage of time. The chronosystem is exemplified through connections within the ecological model.

The ecological model designed by Bronfenbrenner was a response to what the higher power described as ``the science of the strange behavior of children in strange situations with strange adults for the briefest periods of time (Bronfenbrenner , 1977 ,p .513 ) Bronfenbrenner 's endeavor helped create a body of research reflecting human development from real-life situations in real-life settings .

Through Bronfenbrenner’s ecological theory of development, I am able to reflect on and better understand my own personal development. With a focus on life events leading to entering graduate school for a Masters Degree in Social and Community Services.

According to Bronfenbrenner revealed that human development takes place through interactions between the individual and the environment, which is defined as persons, objects, and symbols in the person’s immediate world. These relations are two-way, that is the consumer acts upon the environment, and the environment acts on the individual. These events are most effective over long, consistent periods of time. Bronfenbrenner terms these most intimate and enduring interactions as proximal processes (Bronfenbrenner, 1993). ...

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