Bronfenbrenner's Ecological Theory of Development Essay

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Bronfenbrenner's Ecological Theory of Development

Jermor Simmons
Capella University  
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The development and growth of an individual is within the constraints of the social environment (Jordan 183). Bronfenbrenner's theory that development is influenced by experiences arising from broader social and cultural systems as well as a child's immediate surroundings. Ecological Systems Theory, also called "Development in Context" or "Human Ecology" theory, specifies four types of nested environmental systems, with bi-directional influences within and between the systems.
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She we always considerate and careful at how she carried herself, to not bring her problems home, but to the Lord. The macrosystem is the larger cultural context in ecological theory which involves the culture in which the individual lives. The culture that I was raised in was in a Christian environment. Every Sunday I had to attend Sunday school and then stay for church. Every morning I woke up, I woke up to gospel music being played by my grandmother. Everything that was taught to me was from a biblical point of view. Some of the things, at the time, I didn't understand, but being consistent paid off. Not saying that I was perfect, but living on my own since the age of 18 I have remembered the things that she taught me and try to apply them to situations that may arise. The chronosystem in ecological theory refers to changes within the individual and changes in the environment across time, as well as the relationship between the two processes. The chronosystem encompasses the dimension of time as it relates to a child's environments. Elements within this system can be either external, such as the timing of a parent's death, or internal, such as the physiological changes that occur with the aging of a child. As children get older, they may react differently to environmental changes and may be more able to determine more how that change will influence them. Given that my grandmother husband died well before my time, I didn't have to deal with going through the divorce

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