Urie Bronfenbrenner's Ecological Systems Theory Analysis

Decent Essays
A high-quality program for early childhood education should be a place where children and families can participate in that will allow children to grow and learn in a play based, child lead, safe and nurturing environment.
In my ideal program, the school will provide inclusive services to any child who is at the age of birth through five years. Each classroom would adhere to the child to teacher ratios as suggested by the National Association of the Education of the Young Child (NAEYC) accreditation standards to ensure the success of the children and adults that work in the classroom.
The curriculum would be a mixture of place based curriculum and the Reggio Emilia Approach which views the “whole child” and exposes the children to numerous
…show more content…
By understanding Lev Vygotsky and his social cultural theory we can understand and view the child as a “whole child” and use the notion of the connection between culture and development. (Gordon, Brown 108) Jean Piaget would help us understand how children actively learn and “construct knowledge on an ongoing basis” through his social cognitive theory. (Gordon, Brown 103) Urie Bronfenbrenner’s ecological systems theory would helps us understand the systems that influences our development, and Howard Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligence helps us understand the different styles of learning when teachers are planning their curriculum. Each of these theorists would support the focus of learning to the child leading the activities and helping teachers understand the value of different learning styles. With Howard Gardner’s theory of “multiple intelligence” we would set up each classroom with centers that would allow each child to develop through play based centers that would help engage the child in the activity of their own choosing. The centers can be as follows but not limited to centers like; art studio, discovery, library, building, puzzles and games, and dramatic play. These centers would consist of materials that were properly introduced to the children by the teacher so the children understand how they can be used and come up with creative ways to use them. The value of play as taught by Lev Vygotsky, would be influential to the role of the teacher when setting up the curriculum. (Miles, Brown 108) Teachers would help children learn through the child’s play and their social interactions that go with it. They would set up provocations to help steer a child in a direction to ensure certain developmental areas could be challenging enough to

Related Documents

  • Decent Essays

    Early childhood educators play an important role in the psychological development of young children. In order to do this most effectively, it becomes useful to employ different developmental theories to guide teachings. Jean Piaget’s constructivist theory describes how children come to understand things in their environment. Similarly, Lev Vygotsky’s sociocultural theory gives direction to maximize a child’s learning. These theories both become instrumental in ensuring that children are provided with an environment, which is both conducive to learning and development psychologically.…

    • 1176 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    Play Environment Analysis

    • 1339 Words
    • 5 Pages

    When educators plan curriculum this assists in children achieving the important goals of learning from their participation of small groups, centers and daily routines. They will plan activities that integrate learning in various areas, appeal to children’s interest and follow a system that allows the student to focus. When teachers’ assess student development and learning this will give them the opportunity to plan, implement and evaluate how effective their current methods are (NAEYC, 2009). This also gives them an idea of how their…

    • 1339 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    Children are allowed to make their own choices about play. Making these decision helps them to make connections about choices and consequences (NAEYC, n.d.). To facilitate optimal development, the teacher must engage the child while at play (Kieff & Casbergue, 2000). The educator intentionally considers activities that are appropriate for the child. This consideration includes activities that are age-appropriate, culturally appropriate, as well as individually appropriate (Kieff & Casbergue, 2000).…

    • 1323 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    Scaffolding In Teaching

    • 878 Words
    • 4 Pages

    Teachers play a variety of important roles, from co-constructor and facilitator to advocate and collaborator, in order to promote play, learning and development (McNaughton & Williams, 2009). This essay will investigate the responsibilities and characteristics of an effective educator, drawing from relevant theory, to illustrate methods of supporting learning for children from birth to age 8. Teachers have the role of co-constructing with students through collaborative social interactions. This reflects Vygotsky’s ideas of learning through exchanging knowledge, with the shared contribution of ideas and understanding encouraging children to develop complex thinking, reasoning and problem-solving skills (Duchesne, Bochner, McMaugh & Krause,…

    • 878 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    Getting to know children by asking questions and assessing their learning is one step in building a relationship. Learning about children’s unique qualities – what they like to do, how they learn best, what skills they are developing, what challenges they face, and whom they like to be with – can open the door to appreciation and respect for each child, which, in turn, becomes the basis for building a relationship. Knowing children’s abilities enable educators to use that uniqueness to help students develop and learn. The best way to capture what children know and can do is by observing them in the context of their everyday experiences and by documenting how these observations relate to…

    • 2538 Words
    • 11 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    There are many theories about human development that can be applied to different educational settings. For my instructional setting I found two theories that can help teachers and administrators better understand the developmental stages of students to help them achieve mastery. Piaget’s Cognitive Development theory and Erickson’s theory of psychological growth are two philosophies that can be applied to my educational context to help enhance the academic experience. Piaget’s Cognitive development theory tries to understand the differences between adults and children’s thinking abilities. It focuses on the way children think and the different stages they go through before they have similar thinking abilities as an adult.…

    • 1065 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    Constructivism is believed to be a way of learning where children engage with their environment to create their own understanding of the world. From day to day we encounter various smells, sights, sounds, textures, and tastes. All of these encounters allow for children to develop ideas and solve problems through their environment. You can find the use of constructivism in just about any childhood education classroom. Compared to a traditional teaching setting, where information is given and children are expected to understand, a constructivism setting would allow for personal thought and problem exploration.…

    • 721 Words
    • 3 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    The zone of proximal development helps educators and teachers to observe the children and plan a good curriculum that helps the childrens acquire skills and ideas that they have not got by themselves. To help extend children knowledge in different situations and intercations with teachers, adults, and other classmates. Vygotsky showed that children not only learn by doing a task but by talking and working together until they solve it. Educators will plan a curriculumm in which the children will be able to work together and engage conversation in which they increase their skills from conversations and…

    • 1222 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    Teacher has to be a partner, for the child. They have to explore and create new ideas with the children. The teacher has to encourage them and involve with them for further exploration by asking many questions. The teacher should arrange the classroom in such a way so that it will be accessible and interesting for the children. They should organize the materials, so that children can take thoughtful decision.…

    • 1103 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    E.M.: Yes, teacher used the data gathered to improve children learning by planning around those individual needs. We want to make sure that we are supporting children needs. Teacher individualize for each child and plan goals around the assessment information that is…

    • 839 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Decent Essays

Related Topics