ERIC Number: ED101829
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Aug
Reference Count: 0
The Ecology of Child Development: Implications for Research and the Professions.
Schaefer, Earl S.
Professional support is urged for early and continuing family care and education of the child and the need for a life-time and life-space or ecological perspective in contrast to a professional and institutional perspective on child care and education. The current focus in psychology on the individual, frequently without adequate analysis of the social context, has led to research, training, and service programs that are concerned with development of the individual, diagnosis of the individual, and individual treatment. More training in a socioecological developmental psychology will produce scientists and practitioners who are knowledgeable about the role of family and community in child development. This training will lead to better diagnosis and evaluation of family and community factors and of professional and institutional policies and practices that influence child care and child development. More socioecological training of professionals would also lead to consideration of ecological variables in program planning and evaluation and to professional and institutional consultation, support, and training for parents. (SH)
Descriptors: Child Care, Child Development, Early Childhood Education, Environmental Influences, Environmental Research, Family Environment, Interaction Process Analysis, Interpersonal Relationship, Intervention, Lifelong Learning, Models, Parent Child Relationship, Psychological Patterns, Social Behavior, Student Teacher Relationship, Training
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (82nd, New Orleans, Louisiana, Aug. 30-Sep. 3, 1974)