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Context: Bronfenbrenner


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Context: Bronfenbrenner

  1. 1. Developmental Theories & Context Jennifer Curry, Ph.D.
  2. 2. Human Development Field of study concerning constancy and change over the lifespan. It is developed through interdisciplinary sharing of information from biology, psychology, sociology, anthropology, family studies, education, medicine, public health, and social services.
  3. 3. Historical Foundations of Developmental Theory  Preformationism—the idea in medieval times that children were simply small adults, already formed  Original Sin—Puritan notion that children were afflicted by evil and needed the devil beat out of them  John Locke—TABULA ROSA-children are blank slates that the world and experiences write on to shape their character  Jean Jacques Rousseau-NOBLE SAVAGES-Children are endowed with a sense of right and wrong and a positive plan for growth  Maturation-Given a healthy environment, growth will unfold in a genetically determined, positive manner
  4. 4. Some Important Points  Theories of Development-describe, explain, and predict behavior. They are supported by scientific verification and provide a future research framework.  Continuous Vs. Discontinous-gradual or through spurts definable by stages  Qualitative vs. Quantitative  Contexts-personal and environmental circumstances impacting development
  5. 5. Urie Bronfenbrenner--Ecosystems Micro-System Meso-System Exo-System Macro-System Chrono-System
  6. 6. Bronfenbrenner—Ecological Systems Theory  Microsystem-interactions within the immediate surroundings  Mesosystem-connections between microsystems  Exosystem-social settings that support the person more globally  Maccrosystem-cultural values, laws, customs, and resources  Chronosystem-time dimensions and how they affect the individual