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Friday, February 20, 2015

Bronfenbrenner’s Ecological Model

It was an enriching privilege to have attended Dr. Dely Elliot and Dr.Vivienne Baumfield’s presentation today in the seminar class. Dr. Elliot and Dr. Baumfield, the professors from the University of Glasgow (Scotland, UK) are on an adventure of a massive and ambitious project to design a questionnaire to study “International Ph.D Journey”.
The one hour class was infectiously captivating. As they highlighted their research on higher education and academic acculturation, I was captured with the concept of Bronfenbrenner’s Ecological Model which worked as a skeleton to the flesh of their study. They focused on international Ph.D students who are on an academic pilgrimage in the University of Glasgow and studied the factors that impacts the progress of their study.
Since Ph.D is the pinnacle of academic achievement, their study have embarked with a pilot study involving 14 doctorate students from diverse background and faculty. Those opinions were largely built on the human ecology model created by Bronfenbrenner.  
Urie Bronfenbrenner, an American development psychologist (Russian born) was known for designing the human ecology theory composed of 5 systems. His theory explains how a small individual ecosystem is connected and influenced by the massive community and social bionetwork.
Bronfenbrenner's Model.       Photo courtesy: Click LINK
An individual as a small unit of ecosystem is largely influenced by the microsystem that consists of family, peers, schools and health facilities. No matter how hard the individual works, if there is no support and acknowledgement from the family, peers and tutors, the flame of excitement and enthusiasm is extinguished. The next system called the mesosystem networks the relationship between the elements of microsystem. It interconnects between family and peers, and family and teachers. The exosystem is a bridge between a large social settings that impacts the behavior of the individual. It consists of social services, neighbors, politics, mass media and industry. The peripheral system called the macrosystem composes of culture and values in which an individual live. Factors such as ethnicity, race, religion, socio economic status and poverty, culture and values largely shapes the life of an individual.
My life as an international student here is defined and shaped by these factors. In fact, I have been already processed through the systems of Bronfenbrenner’s model but the only thing was, I never realized it.

“Life is a journey through a foreign land”- O.R. Melling

13 comments:

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    1. You are welcome Tashi. You write well too.

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  2. Damcho you are so lucky to listen the wisdom of words from worldly renowned scholars. Keep grasping the opertunities.

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  3. Dear Dumcho,
    I am 90% done with another research project titled 'Factors Influencing Students Academic Performance in Samtse HSS' The study is anchored in Urie Bronfenbrenner’s Ecological Model. The ecological theory suggests that a person’s surroundings including their home, school, work, neighborhood, culture and government have an influence on the child’s development. This theory served as the frameworks of this study because it supported the idea that a child's education can be influenced by his immediate environment which s/he has direct contact with.The theory explains the relationship between certain variables like parental support, home environment and students academic performance. Informed by the model the study explores the effect of variables like parental support, home environment on students academic performance. Thank you for sharing.

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  4. What an amazing post, Dumcho!
    I have just been relating Bronfenbrenner's Model to my own life...and it has been a true revelation. I clearly see myself within that system, and can now understand how I came to be the person I am today.
    Wow...thank you for such an illuminating essay.
    I have learned much here today.:)

    Have a great weekend!

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    1. Thanks Ygraine. I was relating the model with my life here at Thailand. I am thoroughly influenced by the set of culture, education, religion, people, ethnicity and community.

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    1. Could not agree more with you. Thanks for visiting my page. Sorry for the delay comment.

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