Bronfenbrenner’s Ecological Theory of Development

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Child development refers to the biological and psychological and emotional changes that occur in human beings between birth and the end of adolescence, as the individual progresses from dependency to increasing autonomy. Though many scientists and researchers have approached the study of child development over the last hundred or so years, only a few of the theories that have resulted have stood the test of time and have proven to be widely influential. Each child is different and grow in his or her unique way, but a general pattern tends to occur as they grow up, and scientist like Feud, Erikson, and Kohlberg are some of those theorist. Urie Bronfenbrenner was an internationally renowned psychologist and authority on child development. He developed the ecological systems theory to explain how everything in a child and the child’s environment affects how a child grows and develops. This paper will analysis the work of Urie Bronfenbrenner, the Ecological Systems Theory, and the Ecological Systems theory towards a primary subject: myself. Urie Brofenbrenner Urie Brofenbrenner was born on April 29, 1917 in Moscow, Russia (Lang, 2006) . Urie’s family moved to the United States when he was six years old. He attended high school at Haverstraw High. He continued to college at Cornell University from which he completed a double major in psychology and music. Brofenbrenner went to Harvard for his graudate degree in developmental psychology. He got his Ph.D in the same field. In his scholarly work, Brofenbrenner pursued three mutually reinforcing themes: Developing theory and corresponding research designs to advance the field of developmental psychology; laying out the implications and applications of developmental theory and research for policy and practice; and communicating the findings of developmental research to students, the general public, and to decision-makers

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