THE ECOLOGY OF HUMAN DEVELOPMENT

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Harvard University Press, 1979 - Psychology - 330 pages
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To understand the way children develop, Bronfenbrenner believes that it is necessary to observe their behavior in natural settings, while they are interacting with familiar adults over prolonged periods of time. His book offers an important blueprint for constructing a new and ecologically valid psychology of development.
  

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This book does not need "improving" as the last reviewer suggests!!
"It is fitting that Bronfenbrenner spent most of his professional career in a department with a name that encompasses three
separate fields and ended it in a college named Human Ecology–a field that he did much to inspire. He was dissatisfied with what he saw as fragmented approaches to the study of human development, each with its own level of analysis (child, family, society, economics, culture, etc.), and was fond of saying that “Much of contemporary developmental psychology is the science of the strange behavior of children in strange situations with strange adults for the briefest possible periods of time” (Bronfenbrenner, 1977, p. 513)." 

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it is a great book but improve it please..
i really cannot understand it...

Contents

Purpose and Perspective
3
Basic Concepts
16
The Nature and Function of Molar Activities
45
Interpersonal Structures as Contexts of Human Development
56
Roles as Contexts of Human Development
83
The Laboratory as an Ecological Context
109
Childrens Institutions as Contexts of Human Development
132
Day Care and Preschool as Contexts of Human Development
164
The Mesosystem and Human Development
209
The Exosystem and Human Development
237
The Macrosystem and Human Development
258
Notes
295
Bibliography
299
Index
321
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Urie Bronfenbrenner is Jacob Gould Schurmn Professor of Human Development and family Studies and of Psychology, Emeritus,Cornell University.

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