Bronfenbrenner Ecological Model

D1-Bronfenbrenner’s Ecological Model

Your text uses Bronfenbrenner’s ecological model to explain how children’s development is affected by different groups within their world.  Using this theory, we can understand how children are socialized both intentionally and unintentionally.  You must understand how this theory applies to your own upbringing as well as a young child’s upbringing in order to truly comprehend the concept.  Use your understanding of this theory to respond to the questions below.  

Using Bronbenbrenner’s ecological model, respond to the following questions:

How did the microsystem that you grew up in differ from your grandparents’ microsystem?  Do you think this is a detrimental or an affirmative change to society as a whole?

My paternal grandparents grew up in Mexico. They did not enter the United State until 1968 but when I was younger I remember many stories my grandpa would share with us mostly at dinner time. He grew up with both his mother and father. Gender roles pretty traditional; his dad worked outside the home to provide for his family and his mom stayed home to care for him along with 6 of his brothers and sisters;. They grew up in what is similar to a farm where he had to help his family raise the animals. They struggled financially after the great depression so my grandpa had to drop out of school at the age of eight to help the family stay afloat. Him having to give up school and start working instilled great work ethic and value in him and his siblings. My microsystem was way different than his. I did grow up with both my parents, until they divorced in 1996. Before that, I remember that they both contributed to the household financially. They both worked and shared household chores. When the divorce was final and my mother went away to prison my dad took on everything. As the oldest I stepped up and helped him with my younger brother and sister in every way a nine year old can. School is a must here in the U.S. which is another difference.

How do you think technology, specifically social media, influences a child’s mesosystems?  

The mesosystem as described in the text is the linkage of two or more of the child’s microsystem; that is the linkage family, school, neighborhood and religious or group affiliations. ( text) Technology has changed the way we interact with one another. I remember hand writing letter to friends and family. Now with advances in technology and social media it is easier to connect with one another. I think that there can be good and bad influences to the mesosystem in regards to social media. The linkage between schools and family is always a good thing. It keeps families involved with the school and their child’s education.

Guided Response: Review all of your classmates’ posts and respond to at least two classmates, speaking specifically to the change in microsystem.  State if you agree with your classmates’ assessments of the change as either detrimental or affirmative and justify your response.   Include any influences of social media that they may have missed, explaining how and why the influences are valid.

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