Here in ECS 200, I believe we will be discussing Urie Bronfenbrenner’s Biological Model of Human Development and tying it back into what we will learn in the lectures and seminars throughout the course. As this is my first official blog post, I would like to stray slightly from the 3-2-1 format that we will be experimenting with more in the near future.
Bronfenbrenner’s model lays out in simple terms, the basics of human interaction and development. How an individual reacts with the world and how that world will impact the life of the individual. The model is constructed of five ecosystems, defined in our textbook as “physical and social contexts in which we develop”; we have the microsystem, mesosystem, exosystem, macrosystem, and the chronosystem. Having an understanding of these systems and the effects they can have in all aspects of a person’s life could help us as educators relate to and empathize with our students, perhaps leading methods of teaching that better fit our students. In our first seminar, we were divided into small groups and given a chance to discuss the impact each factor of the Human Development model. To summarize, my group spoke about how each piece of the model could be both positive and negative, affecting the individual’s world view to some extent.
I learned the basics of the Bronfenbrenner model while taking psychology back in high school, however, reading the textbook's interpretation has clarified some aspects and built on others. For example, I was unaware of the chronosystem (the time period the individual lives in). I also had never considered that the systems could affect a person internally (hormone levels) as well as externally (beliefs, behaviors, values, etc.)
So now I understand Urie Bronfenbrenner’s Biological Model of Human Development a little better, but how do we apply this knowledge for everyday purposes? I will likely explore this further in future posts.