Making Human Beings Human: Bioecological Perspectives on Human Development

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SAGE, 2005 - Psychology - 306 pages
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Making Human Beings Human: Bioecological Perspectives on Human Development is a landmark collection that traces and summarizes Urie Bronfenbrenner's thoughts on the bioecological theory of human development and recommends avenues for future research. The majority of the twenty-three retrospective articles were written by Bronfenbrenner, while some were written with colleagues in his own or related fields, over the course of six decades. The book's articles document the domain of inquiry that has emerged gradually over many years and has now acquired a title of its own-the bioecological theory of human development. Making Human Beings Human is a culminating work by a prominent figure in the field of human development and will help to shape the future of the field.


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This retrospective and integrative book could not have been compiled without the use of materials written with or by others I am particu
Introduction xxvii
Section Introduction 1
Social Status Structure
Lewinian Space and Ecological Substance 1977 41
A Future Perspective 1979 50
Toward a Critical History
Growing Chaos in the Lives of Children Youth
Using the Ecology of Human
Is 80 of Intelligence Genetically Determined? 1975 234
The Future of Childhood 1985 246
Strengthening Family Systems 1988 260
Child Care in the AngloSaxon Mode 1992 274
Afterword 283

Interacting Systems in Human Development
The Developing Ecology of Human
Ecological Systems Theory 1992 106
Heredity Environment and
Subject Index 291
About the Author 303

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Urie Bronfenbrenner is the Jacob Gould Schurman Professor Emeritus of Human Development and Psychology at Cornell University. He is best known as the founder and principal protagonist of his ground-breaking theory of the "Ecology of Human Development." Bronfenbrenner is one of the founders of Head Start and the recipient of numerous distinguished awards including six honorary degrees, three from European universities. He was the first recipient of the American Psychological Association's annual Bronfenbrenner Award for Lifetime Contribution to Developmental Psychology in the Service of Science and Society. He has taught, lectured, consulted, and carried out research in the United States and all over the world, mainly in both Eastern and Western Europe, Japan, and Australia. His publications have been extensive and far-reaching. Urie Bronfenbrenner is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, American Psychological Society, American Psychological Association, Society for Research in Child Development, National Academy of Education, and the International Society for the Study of Behavioral Development. Bronfenbrenner received his Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Music from Cornell University, his Master's Degree from Harvard University, and his Doctorate from the University of Michigan. After service in the Armed Forces and a brief period at the University of Michigan, he returned to Cornell University for a long productive life of research and teaching, as well as assisting with the raising of his six children. Since his retirement in 1987, he has continued to research, to write, to teach, and to travel extensively.

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