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Urie Bronfenbrenner's Ecological Systems Theory helps to explain the different environmental systems that have influence on a child's development. According to Bronfenbrenner's theory, a child's development is influenced by the different environmental systems that they interact with (Bronfenbrenner, 1979). The theory is comprised of five environmental systems; the microsystem, mesosystem, exosystem, macrosystem, and chronosystem. The microsystem is the system closest to the child and includes relationships with family members, school, and neighborhood. The mesosystem comprises interactions between the components of the microsystem (e.g., the interaction between parents and teachers). The exosystem includes the broader social settings such as parent's workplace that do not directly impact the child, but their impact is felt indirectly. The macrosystem involves larger socio-cultural components (Bronfenbrenner, 1979). The chronosystem, the last system added by Bronfenbrenner, represents the dimension of time in relation to a child's environments (Bronfenbrenner, 1986). Bronfenbrenner's Ecological Systems Theory has been both praised and critiqued by researchers. Some researchers find it to be an effective way to explain the different influences on a child's development. It gives a multi-dimensional view on a child's development and helps us understand that a child's development can't be observed in isolation, but in the context of various environments (Crandell, Crandell & Vander Zanden, 2009). However, others argue that the theory doesn't adequately explain how these different environmental systems interact with each other (Tudge, Mokrova, Hatfield & Karnik, 2009). They also claim that the ecological systems theory places more emphasis on the environment and external influences, and less on individual agency and biological factors that also play significant roles in a child's development (Darling, 2007). Despite its limitations, Bronfenbrenner's Ecological Systems Theory remains a crucial framework for understanding the complex layers of environment influencing a child's development. References: - Bronfenbrenner, U. (1979). The ecology of human development: Experiments by nature and design. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. - Bronfenbrenner, U. (1986). Ecology of the family as a context for human development: Research perspectives. Developmental Psychology, 22(6), 723. - Crandell, L., Crandell, B. R., & Vander Zanden, J. W. (2009). Human development. New York: McGraw-Hill. - Tudge, J. R. H., Mokrova, I., Hatfield, B. E., & Karnik, R. B. (2009). Uses and misuses of Bronfenbrenner’s bioecological theory of human development. Journal of family Theory & Review, 1(4), 198-210. - Darling, N. (2007). Ecological systems theory: The person in the center of the circles. Research in Human Development, 4(3-4), 203-217.

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