Urie Bonfenbrenner's Theory Of Developmental Development

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Lifespan Development is Essential to Understanding Development An important feature to the lifespan perspective in the study of developmental psychology is that recognition is given not only to changes (these being physical, cognitive and emotional) that can and do occur at all ages (the entire life-span) - from birth to childhood, adolescence, adulthood (including late adulthood), up until death it also recognises the importance of social setting, historical situation and ideological set of circumstances. Urie Bronfenbrenner’s theory of ecological development offers insights into the role of the individual in development - the individual is a proactive feature of the environment and the influence of environments or systems in development. Urie Bronfenbrenner’s’ theory - “bioecological systems theory” emphasizes that an individual’s own biology is a primary environment fuelling the individual’s development. The interaction between factors in the individual’s maturing biology, the individual’s immediate family and community environment, and the societal landscape fuels and steers the individual’s development. Changes or conflict in any one layer will ripple throughout other layers. Bronfenbrenner’s model of developmental influences can provide some insights from a South African context especially when looking at the possible effects and consequences of the apartheid system and perphaps could provide a model at government policy level and practical implementation in terms of
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