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ERIC Number: ED411055
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Pages: 14
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How Has the Environment Influenced Christy's Growth?
Roberts, Blair E.
Defining environment as both the physical space and the people who are in it, this paper explored the effects of environment on a first-grade child. Urie Bronfenbrenner's theories on the effects of physical environment on children provided a conceptual foundation during the observation of Christy, a student at Lawrence School in Brookline, Massachusetts. The focus of the observations was on adult and peer modeling, as well as the effects of structure and positive reinforcement. Christy's behavior and attitude improved when she acquired a friend, a positive effect of peer modeling. Differences in behavior between regular classes and "specials" (gym and music) were attributed to differences in structure, teacher/student relationship, and individual versus group goals. Christy was regarded as a "gray" child, that is, one who would not demand attention due to behavior or attitude and therefore could be overlooked, underappreciated, or left on her own for advancement. The conclusion drawn from these observations is that "gray" children do better in a structured environment and that extra help in a classroom provides a nurturing atmosphere that is beneficial to such children. (MT)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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