Bronfenbrenner's Ecological Theory Essay

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HS 5003, Survey of Research in Human Development and Behavior Course Instructor: Gerald Thauberger, MS, DM 05/30/2009 Bronfenbrenner's Ecological Theory Aaron D. Stewart "Ecological systems theory is an approach to study of human development that consists of the 'scientific study of the progressive, mutual accommodation, throughout the life course, between an active, growing human being, and the changing properties of the immediate settings in which the developing person lives, as this process is affected by the relations between these settings, and by the larger contexts in which the settings are embedded'" (Bronfenbrenner, 1989, page or #). When reading and researching to gain deeper understanding and…show more content…
One of the greatest influences in my life was having a single parent mother who gave birth to me at the age of seventeen and sequentially dropped out of high school. She later went back and finished, which demonstrated to me the importance of education and having a never-give-up attitude. Her determination and example greatly influenced my decision to go to college and eventually to graduate school. To be completely honest, I didn’t fully understand one aspect of the bi directional influence until a recent conversation with my mother when she informed me that me being the first in the family to graduate from college and my drive for success has caused her to continue her education even when she wants to give up. She sat back in her chair and quoted one of her favorite scriptures; “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go” (NKJV Joshua 1:9 p. 252). The second stage of Bronfenbrenner's Ecological Theory is the Mesosystem. The Mesosystem is a system comprising the connections between immediate environments (i.e., a child’s home and school). The Mesosystem provides the connection between the structures of the child’s Microsystem (Berk, 2000). Examples consist of the connection between the child’s teacher and his parents, and between his church and his neighborhood. For example, if a child's caregivers
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