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
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Where is this citation in your reference list?? This system is vital to a child’s healthy development. As a Mental Health Case Manager, it is my job to assess, coordinate, link, and ensure that the different systems in a child’s life are working together effectively. One of the biggest obstacles faced by Mental Health Case Managers is when components within the Microsystem are not completely cooperating. This is often caused by either side coming to the table with stereotypical attitudes, or a bad history of working together, which, in turn, greatly hinders the development of the child. Growing up in a single parent low income home, it was necessary for my personal development that my mother and eventually my step father worked effectively with my teachers and other school officials. When a child is aware that two key components within the Microsystem are working together effectively to ensure his or her development, it encourages the child, and gives the child confidence to succeed. It also discourages the child from attempting to caused chaos, and confusion between the two components (family and teachers). When facilitating meetings between multiple elements of the Microsystem in a child’s life, I ensure that everyone uses the HUFFF approach (Honest, Understanding, Firm, Fair, and Friendly) to guarantee everyone is on one accord with enhancing the child’s

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