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For this assessment, apply Bronfenbrenner’s ecological systems theory to an issue in human lifespan development.
To prepare for this assignment, review Bronfenbrenner’s ecological systems theory and locate academic or professional articles that explore the application of this theory.
As a psychology professional, you have been asked to create a presentation to educate the public about a concern that impacts human development. Explain the human development concern, and how Brofenbrenner’s ecological system theory helps to understand the problem.
Choose a problem in human lifespan development to use in this assessment. You may choose a topic from the areas below, or select an idea of your own.
Some examples of problems are:
The effects of divorce on child development.
Child abuse and neglect.
Quality of (family or institutional) child care.
Quality of elder (family or institutional) care.
Obesity rates in the United States.
Sex education programs in the schools.
If you are unsure if your topic is appropriate for this assignment, please contact your instructor.
Once you have selected your problem, apply Bronfenbrenner’s ecological systems theory. Within your assignment, you should include the following elements:
Provide a brief overview of the problem you have selected.
Include the following, for each level of the environment as explained by Bronfenbrenner:
A brief explanation of the system and how it influences development.
A description of how the system affects the problem.
Additional factors that can affect the problem.
Explain how bi-directional relationships between the systems can affect the problem.
Discuss any weaknesses or flaws in the application of Bronfenbrenner’s ecological systems theory to your chosen topic.
Example Assessment: You may use the assessment example, linked in the Assessment Example section of the Resources, to give you an idea of what a Proficient or higher rating on the scoring guide would look like.
Communication: Communicate in a manner that is scholarly, professional, respectful, and consistent with expectations for professional practice in education. Original work and critical thinking are required regarding your assessment and scholarly writing. Your writing must be free of errors that detract from the overall message.
Media presentation: A minimum of 6–8 slides, with at least 2–4 paragraphs (per slide) in the notes to expand on your bullet points. Upload the presentation.
Resources: At least three scholarly resources other than the course text or assigned journal articles. Include citations at the end of the presentation.
APA guidelines: Resources and citations are formatted according to current APA style and format. When appropriate, use APA-formatted headings.
Font and font size: Appropriate size and weight for presentation, generally 24–28 points for headings and no smaller than 18 points for bullet-point text. For PowerPoint tips, refer to the PowerPoint tutorial page from Microsoft, linked in the Resources area.
As you prepare to complete this assessment, you may want to think about other related issues to deepen your understanding or broaden your viewpoint. You are encouraged to consider the questions below and discuss them with a fellow learner, a work associate, an interested friend, or a member of your professional community. Note that these questions are for your own development and exploration and do not need to be completed or submitted as part of your assessment.
How does the problem you identify relate to lifespan development?
How do ecological systems influence human development?
How do the environmental factors described in ecological systems theory relate to your problem?
How does the bidirectional relationship between different ecological systems affect your problem?
What flaws do you see in trying to apply ecological systems theory to your problem?
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