Analyze Bronfenbrenner's Ecological Theory of Development

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Analyze Bronfenbrenner's Ecological Theory of Development
LaQuintein Dinkins

Brofenbrenner’s ecological theory of development is relevant to state of all our lives. His research shows how our development is affected by the environment we are in. This is explained to us in five different parts. Urie Brofenbrenner (1917-2005) proposes an ecological theory that centers on the relationship between the developing individual and the changing environmental systems. (Crandell, Zanden, p 52) This theory is broken down into a model of five different relationships of development. He suggests that the environment has an effect on the behavior and how it is expressed.

The model that Brofenbrenner breaks down five systems called the microystem, mesosystem, exosystem, macrosystem, and chronosytem. The microystem deals with inner relationships, relationships that are close and are interacted on a daily basis. These relationships consist of mother, father, siblings and neighbors, etc. The mesosystem explores the interrelationships of the developing person. This part of Brofenbrenner’s model deals with how the person develops consciously and unconsciously deals with a situation. The exosystem deals with the external development and relationship of the person environment. This takes form of activities such as work and the workplace, schooling, media influences, the government, and other social networks. This model explains how outside social factors can play a role on the behavior and development. The macrosystem of the model deals with the cultural aspect of how your relationship between behavior development and the environment. This consists of how the society in your environment views family, education, economics, politics, and religion. The last system Brofenbrenner decided to add to the previous four parts of has ecological theory model is the chronosytem. This study shows how there is constant...
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