Dispelling Myths and Applying Urie Bronfenbrenner's Bioecological Theory to Research and Practice

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February 25, 2020 11:00am - 12:30pm
Free for NCFR members & CFLEs / $89 for nonmembers

Jonathan Tudge, Ph.D.
Webinar presenter Jonathan Tudge, Ph.D.

Whether you study romantic relationships, transitions to parenthood, refugee children’s entry to school, or any number of topics in human development or Family Science, renowned scholar Urie Bronfenbrenner’s bioecological theory offers a comprehensive framework for family research and practice.

Webinar presenter Jonathan Tudge, Ph.D., has worked extensively with bioecological theory and also worked directly with Dr. Bronfenbrenner. According to Dr. Tudge, searching for the terms “Bronfenbrenner” and “theory” online almost always results in websites that misrepresent the theory.

From this webinar, you'll gain a complete and accurate understanding of Bronfenbrenner's original theory and advancements to the theory made in recent years, including connections to other models and worldviews. As Dr. Tudge walks you through the bioecological theory and the Person–Process–Context–Time (PPCT) model on which it relies, you'll be able to correctly use this oft-cited theory in your own research, practice, and teaching. 

You'll come away with a much deeper understanding of how Bronfenbrenner’s theory developed over three decades; how to appropriately apply the theory in research and in practice settings; and how to teach the theory.

Webinar participants should already have a basic understanding of Bronfenbrenner's bioecological theory.

By attending this webinar, you'll be able to:

  • understand how bioecological theory differs from and is similar to the two earlier iterations of Bronfenbrenner’s theory;
  • apply bioecological theory and the Person–Process–Context–Time Model (PPCT) effectively in research, practice, and teaching; and
  • differentiate between a contextualist and mechanist worldview when using Bronfenbrenner’s theory, and know why this distinction is relevant for family professionals

Approved for 1.5 hours of CFLE continuing education credit.

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What Attendees Said About This Webinar:

"I thought Dr. Tudge did a great job of explaining the theory and how to use it. I found it helpful in thinking about my own research and teaching."

"The speaker was knowledgeable; I learned new content that will be applicable to my work."

"Very good; PPCT broken down very well, with strong examples for research."

"Informative. Good historical context."

About the Presenter

Jonathan Tudge, Ph.D., received his doctorate in developmental psychology from Cornell University and is currently a professor at University of North Carolina, Greensboro. His work with bioecological theory has been extensive; he worked directly with Urie Brofenbrenner while receiving his doctorate and developed a textbook that advanced the theory's application to children, The Everyday Lives of Young Children. He has also published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals on connecting gratitude and cross-cultural approaches to the bioecological theory.

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