Bronfenmbrenner Analysis

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Bronfenbrenner’s Analysis Georgia Johnson Capella University Dr. Joyce Johnson August 7, 2011 Abstract The purpose of this paper is to describe and analyze Urie Bronfenbrenner’s ecological theory of development. Bronfenbrenner model of influence consisted of five levels which are referred to as systems. He uses these levels to depict his theory of human development. Each of these levels will be analyzed and use to show how relevant they are to my personal decisions regarding obtaining a higher education. I will show how Bronfenbrenner’s theory has influenced my decision to enter graduate school and the impact that these levels had on my career goals within my area of specialization. This theory also focuses on the cohesiveness of the proximal process of the environment and the effect it has on a person’s development. Bronfenbrenner’s Analysis Bronfenbrenner's ecological theory of development is known as the Ecological Systems Theory. This theory specifies four types of nested environmental systems with bi-directional differences between and within the systems. Oswalt (2008) indicated that people bring their biological selves to the developmental process as recognized by Bronfenbrenner’s theory. His theory focuses on the changing relationship between an individual and his/her environment. Bronfenbrenner’s theory also focuses on how one’s developmental is based on the relationships that form his/her environment. One can still be nurtured, but the effects of the environment that he/she is in, can impact his/ her development (Oswalt, 2008). Development reflects the influences of several environmental systems, and these systems are the micro system, the mesosystem, exosystem and the macro system (Oswalt, 2008). The micro system is the setting where the individual resides, which consists of family, peers, schools and the neighborhood. It is

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